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May 16, 2014

Latta couple locked up on suspicion of child abuse

Ada — A Latta couple is behind bars on suspicion of child abuse.

Jeffery and Brandy Graham were arrested May 2 on suspicion that they had severely abused Jeffery’s 9-year-old son, Sheriff John Christian said Friday. Authorities are not releasing the boy’s name because of his age.

The boy’s injuries came to light May 2, when the Grahams took him to a previously scheduled doctor’s appointment, Christian said. The doctor discovered the injuries and had the boy taken to Mercy Hospital in Ada for treatment, and child welfare officials with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services were notified.

The boy was malnourished and dehydrated, and his forehead was bandaged, Christian said. He was also covered with bruises and scratches from head to toe.

The Grahams were interviewed about the case and taken into custody the same day. They are currently being held in the Pontotoc County Justice Center on bonds of $500,000 apiece.

The boy has cerebral palsy and weighs only 35 pounds, Christian said. He uses a walker and leg braces to walk, but his parents allegedly tried to confine him even further.

Christian said the boy’s bed was outfitted with railings to prevent him from climbing out, and the Grahams had duct taped his hands and feet to the rails.

The boy told detectives that his stepmother had put his hands behind his back and beat his head against the wall several times, Christian said. The stepmother allegedly spread the boy’s legs because she believed he had caused her to have a miscarriage, and she wanted him to feel the same kind of pain that she had experienced.

The Grahams are facing charges of child abuse, child neglect and failure to protect.

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