Court date set in child abuse injury case

February 9, 2021 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — A status docket is set for Kaylee Marie Pruett, 27, Ponca City, in Kay County District Court.

Pruett is facing a felony charge of child abuse by injury.

Ponca City police report that an employee of the Department of Human Services received a message from Pruett saying she took her one-year-old to the hospital because she found her two-year-old hitting the child in the face with a plastic dump truck.

Kaylee Marie Pruett

Officials reportedly asked the two-year-old what happened and the child reportedly said the baby fell out of bed. Investigators believed the mark on the child’s face resembled a hand print. Police report that Pruett has a history of being aggressive and volatile and that she was the only adult at the home when the incident occurred.

Officials report finding a discoloration on the child’s leg believed to be diaper rash.

PCPD Sgt. Steven Yinger reports in the affidavit that he reviewed the child’s medical records, which indicate the injuries are consistent with the child being hit with a hand and are the result of repeated incidents of blunt force trauma, consistent with child physical abuse.

On Jan. 27, Yinger contacted a medical professional at OU Children’s who reportedly told Yinger, “This is textbook example of what a slap mark looks like.” She further clarified that the injuries are the result of being slapped in the face multiple times. 

Yinger met with Pruett on Jan. 28 at the police station. She reportedly refused to speak without an attorney present. Pruett is free on $25,000 bond.