Sapulpa parents charged with neglect, possession after death of 5-month old infant

Sapulpa police officers responded to a call from a mother at a house on West Lee on Saturday, November 21 at approximately 11 a.m. about her five-month-old infant who was not breathing. The mother, 20-year old Odella Allison, and the father, 34-year old Nicholas Hammons, were “naturally devastated and upset,” according to Sapulpa Police Lieutenant and Detective Amy Nichols’s report. 

Officers respond to a call on west Lee street about an unresponsive infant in November. Photo by Micah Choquette.

Police Captain Troy Foreman was first on the scene and found the infant, named in the police report as “E.N.H.,” “pale, lifeless, and with apparent lividity,” indicating that the baby had been deceased for some time before being discovered and 911 being called. 

Foreman and a firefighter immediately attempted CPR, but the infant was pronounced deceased. A four-year old child, called “G.E.H.,” was also at the scene and lives in the house with Allison, Hammons, and the baby. 

Nichols was called to the scene after officers inspected the house, and spoke to both parents, now referred to as the defendants. Based on the defendants’ statements, neither parent touched the baby for approximately 13 hours. The mother stated she put the child face-down on their queen-sized bed at about 10 p.m. the night before. She found him unresponsive the next morning and immediately called 911. Allison said she never touched the baby after putting him to bed, but that she performed two visual checks on him at approximately 7 and “9-something” that morning. The father said he never entered the bedroom where the infant slept during that time. 

The defendants explained that the child had slept in their bed for several nights, as his crib needed repairs and was on their porch. They were planning on getting it fixed and putting it in the home soon. 

Upon entering the home, patrol officer Jacob Byrum noticed “drug-related items in plain view,” such as a marijuana pipe on a living room table, another pipe on the floor, a burnt marijuana cigarette on the table, a shot glass with what seemed to be whiskey in it, and a partially-empty bottle of Southern Comfort whiskey. Additionally, Captain Foreman noticed a plate with a white, powdery substance arranged in lines with a razor blade and cut straw in an open kitchen cabinet, along with a baggie containing what appeared to be marijuana, another marijuana pipe, and some clear plastic baggies. A portion of the white powder later field-tested positive for methamphetamine. 

The mother admitted to Nichols that after her 9-something a.m. visual check of her baby, when she assumed he was sleeping well, she got a plate “containing methamphetamine down from a shelf and took it into the kitchen,” where she “snorted a line of [the drug], and hung out in the living room and watched TV and gave [G.E.H.] some Cheez-Its.” She said she found E.N.H. “unresponsive and blue” just prior to the 911 call she made at 11:02 a.m. 

Nichols reported that the parents told her that the infant had been prescribed a steroid to break up mucus that was accumulating in his nose, but that they had recently run out and had not since gotten the prescription refilled. Further, she stated that a “small, circular bloodstain several inches in diameter” was found on the bed where the baby had slept. Nichols is currently awaiting the Medical Examiner’s report for more information on the bloodstain. 

Allison described herself and Hammons as regular marijuana users, though neither have their medical marijuana cards. She also said that she and her child’s father regularly snort methamphetamine several times a week, though Hammons denied this in his interview with Nichols. He claimed to have no knowledge of any drugs whatsoever in their home. Allison confirmed that the whiskey was Hammons’s, who had drunk approximately 6-7 shots of it the night before. 

A records check showed that neither defendant has any felony convictions, but that Hammons has past charges for a DUI, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and domestic assault and battery. 

Allison and Hammons were not arrested on their current charges of child neglect, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) until Thursday, January 14. Both have since been released on bond. 

This is an ongoing story and Sapulpa Times will report on any updates as they occur.

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E. B. Thompson

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Elizabeth Thompson is the News Editor for Sapulpa Times.