Hearing set in child neglect case

January 6, 2020 | Courts

NEWKIRK — A preliminary hearing is set for Marsha Lynette Newman, 34, Ponca City, in Kay County District Court on Feb. 14.

Newman is facing a felony charge of child neglect. Ponca City police officer Eric Welch reports that on July 2, 2018, he responded to a residence for a report of juveniles who had been abandoned, one at Lake Ponca and one at the Ashley Inn.

One of the juveniles told police Newman left the lake to go smoke pot.

The juvenile said Newman chooses pot over her kids and tells them that she has to smoke pot to make it through life. That juvenile was given a ride by a friend to a residence.

Welch made contact with Newman who reportedly refused to take the juvenile back home.

She reportedly told police that she did not neglect her child but that she no longer wanted the child living with her because the child is a troublemaker. Newman told police the child left the lake before she did therefore she did not abandon the child.

Police continued to investigate and spoke to four teens and an adult who were at the lake. The group told police they saw Newman getting into what appeared to be a domestic so they got a hotel room for her and a juvenile at the Ashley Inn. They told police she left the child at the hotel and disappeared.

Newman was booked in the county jail on $10,000 bond. She was later released on an own recognizance bond.