Mother in filthy-home case gets deferred sentencing
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Monday, June 25, 2012
A Tulsa woman received a five-year sentencing deferral Monday in a case where she was accused of exposing her 2-year-old child to unsafe and unsanitary living conditions.
The felony charge, filed March 19, alleges that Felicia Dawn Potter exposed the girl to “marijuana, human vomit, human feces, used tampons and/or rotting trash and food.”
Potter pleaded guilty in May to the child-neglect charge. Tulsa County District Judge Tom Gillert made no finding of guilt Monday.
The deferred sentencing means Potter, 22, can have the case dismissed with no conviction if she completes a five-year probation.
A Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy made contact with Potter at a residence in the 1500 block of South 79th West Avenue on March 10 and saw trash and rotting food all over the house while the child was asleep, a sentencing report says.
In the bathroom, a toilet was not operational and had feces on and around it. Flies and other bugs were present, the report says.
Potter indicated in the report that she hadn’t been staying there but had just arrived there.
She was arrested March 10. The deferred sentence allowed her to be released from jail to begin her probation.
The daughter has been living with a relative in Muskogee, the report says.
Felicia Dawn Potter