Jury delivers guilty verdict for Eufaula man charged with child abuse

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013
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Good answered: “Yes, he was bleeding a little.”

During her testimony, Good explained that she went to a friends house before going back to her own home, where she and her son slept. The next day she went to a neighbor’s house and borrowed money, according to her testimony. Then she put gas in her car and went to another friend’s home.

Wagner asked Good if she ever attempted to contact the authorities or take her son to the emergency room. “No,” Good answered. “And I know I should have.”

Good testified that she had been actively using methamphetamine at the time the incident occurred. She testified that she and Russell may have used methamphetamine together on the day the boy was beaten. She testified that she had been addicted to methamphetamine for “years” and that she recently completed a drug rehabilitation treatment program.

Good testified that after leaving the friend’s house the day following the incident, she went over to her mother’s house. Good’s mother saw the child’s injuries and called the police.

When Good left the stand, she walked through the courtroom Thursday and craned her head to the left, where her eyes fell upon her son’s paternal grandparents, Diana and Terry Franklin. Good furrowed her brows and scrunched her nose in their direction, and then left the courtroom.

The young boy’s paternal grandmother later told the News-Capital that she was attending the trial for her grandson. “I saw that dirty look she gave me. I am just here for my grandbaby,” she said. On Friday, after the guilty verdict was announced, Diana Franklin told the News-Capital that she was extremely surprised by the verdict. She was expecting the jury would say not guilty.

During the trial, Oklahoma Department of Human Services case worker Lindsey House testified that she saw the child, and viewed his injuries, on the night of May 2. She took photos of the child’s injuries and these nine photos were admitted into evidence during the trial.

House testified that she determined the child needed immediate medical attention.

Emergency room physician Dr. Norm McAlester testified that the child came into the ER with severe bruising to his buttocks, back, thighs and arms. He testified that the child had “very deep, severe bruising in multiple stages of healing” and that the child’s injuries were consistent with non-accidental blunt force trauma.

McAlester also testified that the child was having issues with is kidney’s due to a lack of food and fluids and due tot he blunt force injuries he sustained.

Warren Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas testified that the young boy’s initial medical tests indicated mild kidney failure. Thomas said he put the child on intravenous fluids for a 12-hour period. When the child was checked later, Thomas testified, his kidney failure had become worse. The child was then sent to the St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa.

A pediatric doctor from St. Francis testified that the child’s kidney function eventually normalized after treatment.

District 18 Judge Thomas Bartheld presided over Russell’s trial.

Russell is scheduled for formal sentencing at 9 a.m. on Feb. 27.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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