MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 26, 2013

Because of pregnancy, woman’s bond reduced

Mother charged with neglect free on $7,000 bond

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Muskogee woman was released on $7,000 bond Thursday after her attorney requested a lowered amount because of the woman’s pregnancy.

Sarah Elizabeth Jameson, 22, made her initial appearance Thursday on charges of child neglect. Jameson was arrested April 19 by Muskogee police at the American Motel, 200 S. 32nd St., in a room with a man and Jameson’s two small children.

The man, Michael Allen Keplinger, 27, was charged with child neglect, as well.

Jameson’s attorney, listed in online court documents as Jay Cook of Muskogee, requested the lowered bond because Jameson is 8 1/2 months pregnant, said Special District Judge Robin Adair. Prosecutors had requested she be held on $25,000 bond.

The affidavit filed in the case states Jameson and Keplinger appeared to be “under the influence of an unknown substance” when police arrived at the motel. Keplinger, court documents state, was sweating uncontrollably and had slurred speech, as did Jameson.

Smoke in the room took “10 minutes to clear out,” according to the affidavit, which also stated that two small children, ages 2 and 1, were in the room.

The room was described as having old food, trash, clothes and cigarette butts on the floor along with several dirty diapers.

Two empty bags of “K2,” also known as synthetic marijuana, were in the room, and the affidavit states Jameson and Keplinger admitted to smoking earlier.  

Jameson is set to return to court at 10 a.m. May 2 for a sounding docket to determine a date for her preliminary hearing. No court date has been set for Keplinger.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.