Mother faces felony child abuse following video

    4:12 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
    Rickey Leon Griffith and Christina Marie Hawkins (Photo: LeFlore County Sheriff's Office)
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    ARKOMA, Ok. (KTHV) - After a cell phone video showing a mother allegedly abusing her child was handed over to police, a LeFlore County couple is now facing charges.

    KFSM reported that the father, Rickey Leon Griffith, 36, of Arkoma, is charged with enabling child abuse and obstruction when he failed to hand the video over to police immediately following the incident, and the mother, Christina Marie Hawkins, 26, of Arkoma, is facing felony child abuse.

    The video, which was brought to the attention of police by a family member, shows Christina Hawkins putting her hand over the mouth of her screaming child, striking it several times in the stomach and throwing it onto the couch.

    Both are due in court within the next month.

    More information can be found at 5newsonline.com.

    If you suspect child abuse, please call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD. For more information visit http://www.childhelp.org/pages/hotline-home

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