LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 35-year-old woman on Tuesday in connection to allegations that she beat her 14-year-old daughter with an extension cord hard enough to leave welts on the girl's left forearm, left leg, and upper thigh.
Jokitha Monique Oliphant, of Lufkin, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a felony injury to a child charge, two misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charges, and 11 misdemeanor charges. She was released from the jail Wednesday after she posted a bail amount of $5,552 for the misdemeanor charges.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Lufkin PD officer was dispatched to the lobby of the police department in reference to a report of child abuse or neglect on Aug. 15. When he got there, a woman told him that Oliphant, her grandchild's mother, called her and said she whipped her 14-year-old daughter with an extension cord as punishment for misbehaving.
The woman told the LPD officer that Oliphant had previously been in trouble with Child Protective Services in reference to her doing the same thing.
The affidavit stated that Oliphant dropped her daughter off at her grandmother's house on Lining Street after she heard that police wanted to check on the child's welfare.
When the Lufkin PD officer talked to the girl, it was obvious to him that the girl had been hit with some kind of cord, the affidavit stated. The girl allegedly had welts on her left forearm and her left leg near her ankle.
According to the affidavit, the victim told the LPD officer that her mother had gotten mad at her for leaving their home the previous night. When the girl returned home, Oliphant allegedly reached behind the couch, grabbed an extension cord, and began striking the girl multiple times.
The girl told the Lufkin PD officer that she had several more welts on her upper thigh, the affidavit stated. As a result, the officer told the girl to go to the police department, so that a female crime scene tech could photograph the "cord-shaped" raised, red welts on her upper thigh.
Oliphant was arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Angelina County Jail.
Shari Pulliam, a CPS spokeswoman, said that they have opened a case on the alleged child abuse.