LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, STAFF WRITER
Day care worker is sentenced in abuse
OKEMAH — A former Creek Nation day care worker was sentenced to eights months in the Okfuskee County jail for deliberately putting hot sauce on a toddler's plate of green beans and laughing while he cried out in pain, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Rosie Hicks, 50, of Okemah, pleaded guilty Thursday in Okfuskee County District Court to one count of child abuse by injury and no contest to another count of child abuse by injury. The state dropped a third count of attempted child abuse, District Attorney Maxey Riley said. Tracy Owens, 37, of Boley, a co-worker also charged with child abuse by injury, is scheduled to go to trial March 11, online court records show. Owens confessed to police that she bought a bottle of habanero hot sauce at Hicks' request and watched her put the sauce on the toddler's lunch plate on March 7. A 66-minute video of the incident shows the 13-month-old child crying and Hicks laughing, before the workers wiped the toddler's mouth with a wet cloth, the affidavit states.
SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN