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December 2, 2011

Local man charged with abuse

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County prosecutors on Thursday filed child-abuse charges against a Tahlequah man for allegedly hitting his stepdaughter.

James Ray Carey, 37, faces one count of felony child abuse by injury.

An affidavit indicates James Carey had been in a “bad mood” the day of the incident, and woke up arguing with the girl’s mother, Drushane Carey, about a post on Facebook.

They continued arguing until the mother walked outside to use the phone. When James Carey reportedly locked the door, Drushane Carey went to her daughter’s bedroom and climbed through a window.

Drushane Carey said she and her daughter tried to push a door shut so James Carey couldn’t enter the room, but he eventually forced his way through the door and struck the girl on the left side of the face with a closed fist. He then got on top of the girl and placed his arm on her neck while the she was struggling to escape, an affidavit states.

When Drushane Carey called police, James Carey fled the scene.

Four other children were in the residence during the incident, the affidavit states.

The girl suffered cuts and swelling under her left eye, and a cut under her lip, deputies said.

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for James Carey’s arrest. Court records show he was charged with a misdemeanor count of domestic abuse in 2004, and was placed on a one-year deferred sentence. He was also ordered to attend a focus group, and placed on supervision.

In 2006, he was charged with a misdemeanor count of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a child, but that charge was dismissed with costs at the request of the DA’s office.

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