MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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October 29, 2013

Pair plead guilty to abuse of infant

Broken bones among injuries

A Muskogee couple accused of abusing a 4-month-old baby entered blind pleas Monday to the charges, District Judge Tom Alford said.

Tiffany Rae Schmidt, 24, and Heath Hall, 21, were charged in August 2012 after a lengthy investigation by police.

On July 5, 2012, police were called to the couple’s home in the 2000 block of Fairmont Street to assist the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

According to court documents, Hall told police the 4-month-old girl was at Walmart with her mother.

Court records state the baby was in the next room and had significant injuries, including bruises and broken bones.

“The injuries were pretty horrific and appeared to be caused by abuse,” Lt. Bobby Lee said at the time of the arrests.

Court documents also indicate the couple were accused of smoking marijuana with the baby next to them in her car seat.

Hall was released from the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility in December on $50,000 bond, and Schmidt was released in June on $20,000 bond, according to jail records.

Alford ordered presentence investigations for Schmidt and Hall. Schmidt will be back in Muskogee County District Court for sentencing on Dec. 16. Hall will be back in court Dec. 18 for sentencing.

Because they have entered blind pleas, they have pleaded guilty and do not have any sentencing agreements. Their sentences will be determined by Alford.

A felony child abuse conviction can carry a sentence of up to life in prison.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.

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