Tahlequah Daily Press

April 1, 2013

Judge orders woman to seek treatment


TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah woman who was arrested several times last year and later charged with child-abuse and possession illegal substances has been ordered to seek treatment.

Court records show Dawn Marie Rush, 35, was charged last August with felony child abuse by injury, and was charged the following month with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

In October, Rush pleaded guilty to the child abuse charge and received a three-year deferred sentence and fines, plus was ordered to drug court supervision. She also pleaded guilty to the drug charges in October and received a 10-year deferred sentence with fines and drug-court supervision.

Court records show a series of bench warrants were issued for Rush between December and March, and an application to accelerate her sentence was ultimately filed.

Rush allegedly failed to appear in court on March 14, after agreeing to do so, and Special District Judge Holli Wells issued a bench warrant for Rush’s arrest with no bond available.

Rush was released this week to the Darp Foundation’s rehabilitation facility, according to court records.

Wells ordered Rush to return to custody of the Cherokee County Detention Center upon her completion of rehab, records show.