Pushmataha woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for child abuse

Published: Mar. 11, 2020 at 6:30 PM CDT
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A Pushmataha mother has been sentenced to three decades in prison for charges of child abuse and child neglect.

Kelly Stowe was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday, as a former Antlers police officer says Stowe broke several bones in the three-month-old baby's body because he was crying one night.

"I think I can speak for everyone involved in it, everyone had a lot of sleepless nights," said Keith Capps, the former Antlers police officer who was on the case.

In October, Stowe took her infant to the hospital, saying he couldn't move his leg.

Capps found out the baby had more than just a broken leg.

"His left femur was broken in half, he had two broken ribs, and a shattered left eye socket," said Capps.

Stowe admitted she had not given formula to the infant for several days, and only gave him water and Tylenol every night for nearly a week.

"Claimed the baby was fussy and she was under a lot of stress because her boyfriend was incarcerated in jail. The child had not been fed in approximately four days due to the fact she was saving up money to get her boyfriend out of jail," said Capps.

That boyfriend is Kenneth Reed, who is also the child's father.

He is a convicted sex offender out of California, who spent time in jail for child porn possession.

Reed was in jail this time because he had not registered as a sex offender in Oklahoma.

When Stowe was put in jail she admitted she did all of this to get into the jail with Reed.

"It's heartbreaking to know that someone that's not old enough to speak for themselves or defend themselves is subject to that kind of abuse," said Capps.

The baby was taken to an Oklahoma City Hospital, where Capps stayed by his side for a week.

"It would find your pinky and hang on to it, it would not let go. It was like it was having its first contact ever in its life," said Capps.

That baby is in DHS custody.