New court date set for Dewey mother in child abuse, neglect case

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A new court date has been set for a Dewey woman arrested in July after police found her 3-year-old bruised and her three children living in filth, according to police.

Twenty-five-year-old Lola Rechelle Butler, arrested July 9 on charges of child abuse and child neglect and now being held on a $250,000, appeared in Washington County District Court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Following a request by the state for more time to speak with witnesses, the judge set Butler to reappear in court on Oct. 9.

She was arrested and 2-year-old, 3-year-old and 7-year-old placed in Department of Human Services custody after police called a residence on the 200 block of E. 10 th Street found a "very distinctive" bruise across the 3-year-old's upper thighs and groin.

According to Dewey Police Investigator Tim Stringer, Butler had struck her 3-year-old son with a belt across the top of his thighs so hard that it left a bruise across the boy's legs and groin. Additionally, officers found the home filthy with dog feces on the floor and Butler's children eating dried Ramen Noodles off the floor.

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