Two of three child abuse suspects arrested

July 19, 2021 | Courts

NEWKIRK — Two of three people accused of sexually abusing and or allowing child abuse to a child repeatedly for at least three years, beginning when the child was in third grade, have been arrested.

Brenda Lynn Waterdown, 41, and Jamahil Ahnid Pate, 50, both of Blackwell, are scheduled to appear in Kay County District Court on July 23.

Brenda Lynn Waterdown

Pate is facing a felony count of first degree rape of a child under 14 and Waterdown is facing charges of of enabling child sexual abuse, failure to report child abuse, and two counts child abuse.

Both are being held in the county jail on $250,000 bond.

Waterdown was arrested at the courthouse on June 30 and Pate turned himself in to the county jail on July 6.

Warrants are still issued for Christopher Wayne Laviolette, 37, Blackwell, who is charged with felony counts of first degree rape of a child under 14, rape first degree by instrumentation, lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16, performing lewd act in presence of a minor, and forcible sodomy.

Jamahil Ahnid Pate

In the affidavit, Blackwell police report that both Pate and Laviolette are accused of raping the child repeatedly and that Waterdown is accused of walking in on the abuse and not calling police.

Blackwell police officer Jay Brewer reports that he interviewed Waterdown and that she admitted that she walked in and saw one of the defendants standing over the child with his pants down. She told police she did not call authorities because they, “never really believe her.”

Waterdown reportedly admitted to hitting the victim with a broom on the buttocks but not hard. The alleged victim told police that she has been hit many times by Waterdown. Anyone with information on Laviolette’s location is urged to call law enforcement.