Tahlequah Daily Press

November 15, 2013

Domestic dispute leads to arrests

By SEAN ROWLEY
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Deputies of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Tahlequah couple Wednesday after responding to a complaint of a domestic dispute in progress.

Daniel Tyler Garrett Walter, 20, and Felicia Fay Dupee, 20, were arrested after they and other family members were interviewed at a residence at 21786 Ginger Acres.

Deputy Josh Girdner said he met Walters, who had marks on his face, in front of the residence. Walters stated he lived with Dupee, his girlfriend, and that she had been drinking.

Walters claimed that when he told Dupee they needed to go to sleep, she became angry and struck him repeatedly in the face as he held their 5-month-old son, and that she knocked the baby from his arms. Walters claimed he threw Dupee on the bed, but she got up and continued striking him, whereupon he ran outside.

Also present were Dupee’s parents and brother, and the baby was in the arms of his grandmother. Girdner reported he checked the baby and found no sign of injury.

After Girdner made a short, unsuccessful search for Dupee, she returned to the residence.

Girdner states in his report that Dupee largely corroborated Walters’ story, but she claimed her mother took the baby and left the room before the altercation turned physical.

Walters and Dupee were both placed in custody and transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center, where they were each booked on one count of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor.

srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com