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September 28, 2012

Ex-convict facing new charges

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man with a history of domestic-violence and assault-and-battery convictions is facing new charges for domestic violence and child abuse.

Rodney Orris Hiatt, 42, was arrested Sept. 15 after he allegedly used his fist to break a car window. Police said glass from the window shattered onto Hiatt’s 11-month-old son, cutting the boy.

According to a report of Hiatt’s arrest, Tahlequah police responded to a car dealership Sept. 15 and found Kyra Smallen crying and holding the young child. She reportedly told police she and Hiatt went to the dealership to get a new vehicle and while there, Hiatt became upset with her. She said she and the baby got into a truck and she locked the door, and Hiatt broke a window with his fist.

Hiatt told police it was an accident, according to court documents.

Police said they noticed Smallen pulling pieces of glass out of her baby’s hair and diaper while she spoke with them. The baby suffered small cuts to his body from the glass, and Smallen also reportedly was cut.

Police allegedly found a pink pill in Hiatt’s pocket when Hiatt asked them to retrieve his keys.

Domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor is punishable by one to five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,000, and child abuse by injury is punishable by not more than life in prison and/or not more than a year in the county jail, and a fine of $500-$5,000.

Possession of a CDS is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Bond for Hiatt was set at $10,000, according to court documents, and he is set for an initial appearance Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.

Additional information filed with the charges against Hiatt indicate he was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence in 2004 and given a one-year suspended sentence. Two years later, Hiatt was convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery by strangulation and possession of firearms during probation.

He ultimately was given a 10-year sentence with five of them suspended.

Hiatt’s previous convictions could enhance his sentence under state law.

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