Convicted of child abuse, served 10 months of a 15-year sentence


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 1/27 9:54 pm Published: 1/27 9:50 pm


A woman convicted of child abuse is now free from jail.

She served less than a year of her sentence.

A judge made the decision this morning.

Our FOX23 crew talked to the father of one of the victims in the case.

The woman was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections, but according to court documents, Meredith Howard is now out after only serving 10 months.

It's a story FOX23 has been following since 2010.

Meredith Howard was convicted of two counts of child abuse.

"One of the counts involved her breaking the femur bone of a 9-month-old baby," said Tulsa County district attorney Sarah McAmis.

The other was an assault on a 19-month-old.

“The baby required immediate surgery and literally almost died on the way to the hospital," said McAmis.

Matthew Stafford is the father of one of those victims, but we aren't saying who to protect the children.

Stafford says he and his wife felt some relief after Howard’s sentencing for the crimes.

"We were happy, we were joyful.
 
Justice was served, we felt," said Stafford.

But after only 10 months of that sentence, Stafford says his relief turned once again to grief.

Records show Howard filed a motion that would allow her to go to a mental health facility in Arizona.

The judge ruled in Howard’s favor.

So while she will be on probation, Stafford says Howard isn't being properly punished for what she did to his child.

"Sometimes the justice system doesn't quite work the way it should," said Stafford.

FOX23 is still looking into the case; we will bring you more details on what made the judge decide to release Howard to a mental health facility.


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Mayor Maynot - 1/28/2014 12:35 PM
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jk444 #8 ^]] You gonna tell that to the judge??

JK444 - 1/28/2014 12:24 PM
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What happened to violent criminals having to serve at least 85% of their sentence?!! This is sick and twisted... People serve WAY more time for drug possession. This judge needs a mental evaluation and to be stripped of his position. Smh

Mayor Maynot - 1/28/2014 11:09 AM
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First offense? Overcrowding in prison. Probation. The parent (victim) says that justice is not being served because it's not on our dime. I commend the judge for trying to keep this offender off of our dime to do time on their own dime. Of course it's understood that if she screws up again within the next 15 years then she will go down for the remainder of the present 15 and whatever else accompanies that.
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