Mother charged with child neglect; son left alone in “deplorable conditions”

Mother charged with child neglect; son left alone in “deplorable conditions”

A Guthrie woman is facing legal issues after she apparently left town and leaving her 17-year-old son with Aspergers Syndrome home alone. Police found the home in deplorable living conditions.


The male child, who does online schooling, had not logged into class for days resulting in the teacher becoming concerned. The teacher alerted police after the child said he was depressed and having issues.

When police arrived at 415 N. 1st Street they found the home in filth with dirty dishes and garbage piled up,  filth all over and cats feces and urine throughout the home.

“There was an overpowering stench of cat urine and there was cat feces everywhere,” Sgt. Jeremy Thorne with the Guthrie Police Department said.

Several neighbors went to the city council meeting on Tuesday night seeking help to clean the property. Watch the Guthrie News Page Facebook video of the neighbors discussing the home.

Neighbors say the home was abandoned in Nov. 2017 and has no electricity, broken windows taped up, wood exposed on the house, an abandoned vehicle in the driveway and a motorcycle in the front lawn.

Across the street from the home is where Mary Matthews lives. She says the stench and appearance is not good for the neighborhood.

Christina Marie Kelley

“It’s an eyesore,” she told the council. “Had we known that the minor was in that house at the time we would have done something, but we did not know. The house is always dark.”

The teen, who has now been placed in care of family members, told police his mother would visit him about once a week.

A warrant was filed in April for the arrest of Christina Marie Kelley. She was formally arraigned in court on May 15.

Kelley, 52, pleaded not guilty to the neglect charge and posted a $10,000 bond.

Matthews says the City’s code officer is investigating the case.

“We know she is not coming back to take care of this property,” Matthews said. “She is now married and is living two hours south of here.”

One Response to "Mother charged with child neglect; son left alone in “deplorable conditions”"

  1. debbie   June 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    If he is on disability, check to make sure she didn’t get his check and spend it on herself !


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