Tahlequah Daily Press

July 10, 2013

Ex-child care worker accused of threats

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have charged a former child care worker accused of making threats to a 13-year-old boy’s family earlier this year.

Kyle Dean Huggins, 52, is accused of felony child abuse for allegedly causing mental and emotional injury to a teenager who lives at a Tahlequah children’s home due to mental health issues. A judge has issued a warrant for Huggins’ arrest.

Investigators with the Department of Human Services gave a report of the incident to the District Attorney’s Office. According to that report, Huggins went to the children’s home the evening of March 5 to count medication for his shift. Huggins was allegedly “aggravated,” and became upset at the boy when the child made statements about snacks.

Witnesses told investigators they overheard Huggins threaten to get some of his “army buddies to wipe your parents out because I am a f---ing soldier!” Huggins allegedly told the boy he kills people, and continued yelling and cursing at the boy until the child hid and began to cry.

Two other staff members intervened, and Huggins was escorted out of the children’s home.

According to the DHS report, investigators later expressed concern to Tahlequah police about Huggins having “mental instability issues, owning guns and admitting to having strong negative feelings” toward the alleged victim.

Investigators said Huggins had been employed as a child care worker at the children’s home for about three months when the incident happened.

Child abuse is punishable by not more than life in prison and a fine of $500 to $5,000.