Woman charged with child endangerment, assault


A Muskogee woman faces charges of child endangerment, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and assault on a police officer after she tried to set fire to her home with her family inside, according to court documents.

Annabell Florence Tafoya, 48, was charged Monday after the June incident in which she lit a toilet paper roll on fire in an upstairs bathroom in her Lawrence Street home, according to an affidavit filed with the case.

“There were several other family members in the residence including the defendant’s children,” the affidavit states.

When Muskogee Police Department officers arrived to the scene, they discovered methamphetamine pipes within the children’s reach, according to the affidavit. When Tafoya was taken into custody, she attacked an officer by attempting to grab his neck and kick him, the court documents state.

This would not have been the first time Tafoya’s family were nearly caught in a fire — according to a prior Phoenix story, Tafoya and her then-3-year-old child escaped a midday fire in 2017.

That home was also on Lawrence Street, though whether or not it was the same house involved in both incidents was not immediately clear. 

Annabell Tafoya said she and her daughter, Ashley, had been upstairs in their two-story house, in the previous story. Tafoya said they saw smoke coming from downstairs.

“The whole downstairs was covered in smoke, so we had to go through an upstairs window to get out,” Tafoya said at the time.

She said there are no smoke alarms in her house. She said she did not smell the smoke when they were upstairs.

“There’s a door that separates the upstairs from the downstairs,” she said.

Tafoya remains in custody at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on $10,000 bond. Her next court appearance is Nov. 27.

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