Prosecutors Want Tulsa Woman, Convicted Of Child Abuse, Back Beh - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Prosecutors Want Tulsa Woman, Convicted Of Child Abuse, Back Behind Bars

Posted: Updated:
Howard went to Rainbow Acres in Arizona, a place for non-violent offenders, but the ranch kicked her our. Howard went to Rainbow Acres in Arizona, a place for non-violent offenders, but the ranch kicked her our.
Matthew Stafford's daughter was Howard's second child abuse victim. Matthew Stafford's daughter was Howard's second child abuse victim.
Howard hurt Stafford’s daughter so badly that the little girl needed three surgeries. Howard hurt Stafford’s daughter so badly that the little girl needed three surgeries.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

A Tulsa woman, convicted of hurting two children at separate daycares, served ten months in prison before being sent to a ranch in Arizona.

Now, she's been kicked out of the ranch and prosecutors want her sent back to prison.

The ranch kicked Meredith Howard out of the program because they said she was aggressive, violent toward others and refused to take her medication.

1/27/2014 Related Story: Tulsa Woman Convicted Of Child Abuse Freed 10 Months Into 12-Year Prison Term

Matthew Stafford's daughter was Howard's second child abuse victim.

"I came to tears just watching her get handcuffed and taken away," he said.

Howard had already broken the leg of a 2-year-old boy, but got hired at another daycare where she hurt Stafford's daughter so badly that the little girl needed three surgeries.

"She's shown she's violent and a menace to society and needs to be locked up," Stafford said.

A judge sentenced Howard to 12 years in prison for the two child abuse cases, but she only served ten months and the judge ordered her to go a residential treatment facility for two years.

Howard went to Rainbow Acres in Arizona, a place for non-violent offenders, but the ranch said she went into the rooms of other residents and staff and took things that didn't belong to her.

Rainbow Acres said she threw temper tantrums, kicked and broke things, refused to take her medicine and when she was told to clean the bathrooms, she made them messier.

Assistant District Attorney, Sarah McAmis said, "This is exactly what we predicted, exactly what we were concerned about. She is a danger to our community."

Howard's attorney, Allen Smallwood, has always argued that she has the mental and emotional capacity of a 9 or 10 year old.

"She doesn't have the ability to look down the road and recognize consequences, good or bad, of her actions," he said.

Prosecutors argue if Howard can hold down a job, she can be punished for her crimes.

They want her probation revoked and Howard sent to prison where she'd have to serve 85 percent of her sentence.

Howard's attorney said prison is not the place for Howard, but also said staying with her family is not an option.

The judge said she had no choice but to send Howard to jail, in a segregated, medical unit until the judge can sort out the case.

She's holding Howard without bond.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.