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January 23, 2014

Mother charged with neglect, drugs

City woman also faces animal cruelty charge

Child neglect, cruelty to animals and drug-related charges have been filed against a Webbers Falls woman.

Charges were filed against Angela Selders, 26, Thursday in Muskogee County District Court. She is being held in the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on $25,000 bond.

Selders was arrested Jan. 17 after personnel with the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services observed her and her three young children living in “deplorable conditions,” said Ryan Lowe, deputy.

The sheriff’s office had received an anonymous call regarding child neglect and drug abuse in the home, he said.

Selders and the three children — girls who are ages 3 and 5, and a 1-year-old boy —  were living in a small mobile home park at 308 Fifth St., Lowe said.

Drug paraphernalia and a substance which appeared to be methamphetamine were in plain view and could be easily accessed by the children, he said.

All three children appeared to be sick and had not been given medical care, Lowe said. The only food found in the home was a jar of peanut butter. There also were “lots of roaches” at the residence, he said.

Selders was the only adult in the home, and she told investigators that she had snorted methamphetamine earlier in the day, Lowe said.

A local judge in Muskogee was contacted by the Department of Human Services and a temporary emergency custody order was issued. At the time of the sheriff’s investigation at the home, a DHS representative was looking for family members for placement of the children after they received medical care, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies also found an emaciated dog chained to the front porch, without access to food or water, Lowe said.

Selders was charged with three counts of child neglect, one count of cruelty to animals, one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, court records state.

Selders will be back in court Feb. 6 for a sounding docket. At that time, a date will be set for a preliminary hearing. At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, a judge will determine if Selders should stand trial.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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