BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - A warrant has been issued for a man and his girlfriend accused of leading officers on a chase through Tulsa before ditching their vehicle in the woods with a toddler inside.
Joshua Schneider and Heather Black, both of Broken Arrow, are wanted on counts of child neglect and eluding a police officer. The charges were filed in a Tulsa County district court Thursday.
The 33-year-old Schneider, who is also wanted for questioning in the murder of NSU professor Dr. Tiffany Maher, was driving Black's Nissan sedan with Black in the passenger seat and his 2-year-old daughter in the backseat when he refused to pull over for police.
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According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, agents and Tulsa officers were forced to stop pursuing Schneider after he hit at least two cars and upon learning the child was inside. The sedan reached speeds in excess of 90 mph, according to affidavits released Thursday.
The documents also state that after Schneider and Black abandoned the sedan in the woods, Black called a co-worker and admitted to running from law enforcement and to leaving Schneider's daughter.
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That call led officers to the vehicle and the child alone inside. The sedan, which was discovered in 90 degree heat, wasn't running, had a "slightly" cracked front driver's window and a "half way" down passenger window, according to the affidavits.
Upon being placed in an air conditioned police car, the child was found to have bruising on her back and left flank.
Neither Schneider nor Black have been apprehended. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS or OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or dial 911. Tipsters may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or text TIP918 to CRIMES.
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