Sallisaw Father, Stepmom Charged With Child Abuse Of Three-Year-Old


Saturday, April 16th 2016, 10:29 am
By: News On 6


A Sallisaw couple was arrested this week after they were charged with child abuse of his three-year-old son.

Benjamin Barker, 26, the boy's father, and Victoria Barker, 22, the stepmother, were arrested by deputies after Tulsa doctors diagnosed the child with a litany of severe injuries.

KFSM, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith reports the couple's son had been seen by doctors in November 2015.  In an affidavit, doctors said the boy had multiple contusions, a head injury and non-accidental traumatic injuries.

The affidavit also stated that Victoria's actions were "violent" and "non-accidental."

Benjamin Barker is charged with enabling child abuse by injury and Victoria Barker is charged with child abuse by injury.  The charges were filed this week after prosecutors got the doctor's report.

Court records show the Barkers have a court appearance set for April 20.