Hobart girl's relatives ‘devastated' by decision
No indictments issued in sexual abuse case

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By Randy Ellis Published: September 18, 2007
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The grandmother said she testified at length before the grand jury, but complained that several key witnesses were never called.

"I don't understand how they could make a decision without hearing from professional people who say she was abused,” the grandmother said.

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The grandmother contends the girl was abused by relatives of the child's mother.

Before the grand jury being convened, the grandmother provided The Oklahoman with copies of reports from doctors, nurses and social workers who examined, interviewed or observed her granddaughter and concluded that she appeared to have been sexually abused.

Multiple reports of sexual abuse were made to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Kiowa County district attorney, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Kiowa County Sheriff's Department, Kiowa County district judge and Hobart Police Department, according to the grand jury petition.

Kiowa County District Attorney John Wampler stated previously that the allegations of sexual abuse surfaced during a bitter divorce and custody battle. Wampler said he and another district attorney investigated the allegations independently and each declined to file charges.