Tahlequah Daily Press

October 16, 2013

Deputies arrest three on suspicion of neglect

By SEAN ROWLEY
Staff Writer

HULBERT — Three people were arrested by Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday at the South Breeze Trailer Park in Park Hill on suspicion of child neglect and other charges.

The report of Deputy Jarrick Snyder states that a child was found sleeping on a couch amid unsanitary conditions inside a trailer residence. Arrested were Bryshawn Reed Tracy, 18; Derick James Wolf, 22; and Bertonya Tracy, 22.

Deputies were responding to an EMS assist. Snyder reported he was met by Mr. Tracy, who claimed trouble breathing. The deputy claimed Mr. Tracy’s condition suggested drug use, and asked if he had been “smoking anything.” The report alleges Mr. Tracy replied he had smoked some of “the fake stuff.” Snyder left Mr. Tracy with deputies and entered the home. The report of Snyder states he found the child asleep, drug paraphernalia, and  “a green leafy substance” consistent with marijuana.

Toward the rear of the house, Snyder reported finding “roaches crawling everywhere on bed, on clothing and on food. I noticed used diapers on the floor along with common household trash, dirty dishes piled up in the sink and old moldy food in a pot near the stove.”

Snyder also reported the toilet clogged and full of waste, and trash in much of the residence.

After requesting that the Department of Human Services be contacted, Snyder states that Wolf and Ms. Tracy arrived at the home in a car driven by a third person.

Snyder reports that after discussions with Wolf and Ms. Tracy, it was determined the child was theirs and that it had been left in the care of Mr. Tracy for about two hours. The report states the two reported recent drug use to DHS and staff at the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Mr. Tracy was charged with child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony drug possession and public drug intoxication. Ms. Tracy was charged with child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drug intoxication. Wolf was booked on charges of child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.