Felony child endangerment charges were dismissed recently for two McAlester parents. Both, however, were convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor.
The parents, 29-year-old Kyle and 24-year-old Angela Scritchfield, appeared in Pittsburg County District Court on Sept. 6 on both charges.
Kyle Scritchfield pleaded no contest to misdemeanor domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor child. He was fined $285, ordered to complete 52 weeks of domestic abuse counseling and received a one-year suspended sentence.
Angela Scritchfield pleaded guilty to the same charge and was fined $285. She was also ordered to complete 52 weeks of domestic abuse counseling and received a one-year suspended sentence.
During that court appearance, the felony child endangerment charge was dismissed for both Scritchfields.
According to court records, Kyle and Angela Scritchfield were involved in domestic assault and battery while holding their five-month-old child and dropped the baby “on the floor on his face” during the fight.
When the News-Capital contacted Angela Scritchfield regarding the case, she said she was thrilled that someone was willing to listen to her and give her a second chance. “I’m very happy that I wasn’t proven guilty over the child endangerment charge and I’m very happy that I’m getting a chance to get my son back. He’s coming home to me soon.”
The News-Capital could not locate a working phone number for Kyle Scritchfield.
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