WILSON — One day after being picked up on an arrest warrant by the Wilson Police Department, John and Alice Bailey were charged with a felony count of child neglect in Carter County District Court.
The Bailey’s were each given a $200,000 bond Wednesday and taken back to the Carter County Detention Center, where they were still residing as of Wednesday afternoon. Their next appearance in court will be at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 for a preliminary conference.
The charge stems from the death of their two-year-old child Jakob, who was discovered deceased at their residence in the 800 block of C Street in Wilson on April 5. The charge reads, “On or about the 5th day of April 2015, by willfully neglecting J.B., who was two years old at that time, by failing to provide adequate supervision, nutrition and care for J.B., contrary to the form of the statute in such cases made and provided against the peace and dignity of the State of Oklahoma.”
The crime is punishable by imprisonment up to life, or by a fine of not less that $500 nor more than $5,000, or both such fine and imprisonment.
Wilson Police Chief Felix Hernandez said the child died from asphyxiation and was discovered with vomit covering his face. The child and parents were tested for drugs and Hernandez said all three tested positive. He said Jakob, identified as J.B. in the charges, tested positive for oxycodone. John Bailey tested positive for oxycodone, morphine and marijuana while Alice Bailey tested positive for marijuana and tramadol.
“The father was home alone with the child and the mother was a block away when we received the call that night,” Hernandez said. “We got the arrest warrants and served them at 8 p.m. last night (Tuesday) at their residence. We had a lot of officers spending time on this investigation and working hard to get this point where they could be charged in district court.”