Tulsa Police: Traffic Stop Leads To Child Neglect Arrest

Wednesday, December 9th 2020, 5:17 pm
By: Amy Avery

TULSA, Okla. -

A Tulsa woman is now in tribal custody after Tulsa Police found her two young kids at home alone.

Officers said they found a two-year-old crying in a crib and an infant lying on a bed in an unlocked house.

Tulsa Police officers said several people called 911 after seeing Shana Woodring running lights, speeding, and throwing stuff out of her car.

However, officers said they had no idea the traffic stop would lead officers to children alone in an unlocked house.

"It's always an unknown risk when you're walking up to a car,” said Tulsa Police Sgt. Brandon Davis.

Davis said they pulled Shana Woodring over after several people reported she was driving erratically. They said she appeared to be under the influence of meth. On the way to the jail, she told officers she had kids at home.

"Figured out where she lived, went down to the house and there were two very small children inside, door unlocked," said Sgt. Davis. 

Child crisis detectives tell us, an 18-month-old girl was in a crib, crying, wearing only a shirt and a five-month-old baby boy was on a bed, wearing only a soiled diaper. Police said there was only milk and hot dogs inside the home.

They said Woodring mentioned a third child, so officers began searching for him, then learned the boy was with his father.

Sgt. Davis said cases involving children always hit close to home.

"You carry it with you the rest of your life when you see really bad things with kids,” said Sgt. Davis.

Police said the home was deplorable and not fit for children to be living there. Officers were just thankful the kids were okay.

"Everybody is really relieved that it didn't turn out like issues we've had earlier in the year," said Sgt. Davis.

Woodring has been transferred into tribal custody because the traffic stop happened on tribal land. Officers said all three kids were taken into DHS custody.