A former Jay woman honored by the Department of Human Services for her work with children was ordered to return to Delaware County District Court next month on numerous child abuse allegations levied against her for allegedly torturing children.
Deidre Matthews, 49, of Independence, Missouri is charged in Delaware County District Court with 14 counts of child abuse, seven counts of child neglect, child endangerment, and enabling child abuse. She is free on a reduced bail of $50,000.
She appeared in court on Monday, July 24, for the summer's regular felony disposition docket.
Delaware County District Judge Robert Haney ordered Matthews to return to court on Aug. 7 for an announcement regarding a plea or when a trial date will be set.
Deidre and her former husband Jerry Matthews were recognized as Department of Human Services Adoptive Parents of the Year for northeast Oklahoma in 2006.
While married, the couple along with nine children, lived in an animal feces infested two-bedroom, two-bathroom mobile home in the rural Jay area. The family had more than 50 animals, including three spider monkeys and 11 lemurs, court records show.
Some of the abuse outlined in civil and criminal court documents allege that under the care of Deidre Matthews, the oldest teen was forced to kill her pet kitten by bashing its head into a tree; handcuffing another child and placing her in a dog cage; forcing the children to stand outside or parade around the house naked; and keeping the children home from school to avoid detection of bruises, welts, and wounds.
Other allegations of abuse include beating the children, allowing pet monkeys to bite the two teen daughters and Deidre Matthews' refusing to seek medical treatment and withholding food and water for two days as punishment, according to court testimony.
Jerry Matthews pleaded no contest in July 2016 to two counts of child neglect in exchange for testifying against his former wife.
The couple no longer has custody of the children and Jerry Matthews has since remarried, court records show.
Developments in other cases on Monday’s felony disposition docket include:
Jacob Glenn Wiese, embezzlement, Aug. 4/for plea.
Samantha Ann Perales, manslaughter, Aug. 7/court date.
Nicholas Washman, transmitting information by computer for purposes of sexual conduct with a minor and pornography related charges, Aug. 16/plea.
Holli Mae Smith, enabling child sexual abuse, Aug. 14/plea.
Edwin Hardee Turlington, Jr., assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Jan. 8/felony disposition docket.
Austin Michael Deloach, first-degree rape, Aug. 4/bench warrant under advisement, court date.
Tony Anderson, first-degree manslaughter, Oct. 10/jury trial.
Darwin Springer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, attempting to elude police officer-endanger another, Aug. 7/court date.
Cindy Lee Foreman, community sentencing.
Brian John Smith, child abuse by injury, Oct. 4/court date.
Larry Wayne Harrelson, second-degree burglary, bench warrant issued and bond doubled.
Sandra Kalista, embezzlement, Aug. 16/plea.
Ferris Patrick Fowler, assault with a dangerous weapon, Sept. 25/jury trial.
Tommy King, assault with a dangerous weapon, Sept. 25/jury trial.
Tyler Eugene Vann, unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent, Oct. 5/non-jury trial.
Michael Trent Shoemake, harboring a fugitive from justice, Aug. 14/plea.
Gene Peters, transporting stolen property into state, Aug. 14/plea.
Phillip T. Wills, second-degree burglary, Sept. 27/court date.
John Newberry, possession of controlled dangerous substance, Oct. 18/non-jury trial.
Jonathan Geary Fields, kidnapping, Aug. 7/court date.
George Shane Kahrs, possession of controlled dangerous substance – methamphetamine, Jan. 8/felony disposition docket.
Jade Caudill, distribution of controlled dangerous substance, Aug. 4/plea.
Keith Jackson, obtaining merchandise by means of bogus check, July 31/court date.
Joshua Beyerl, indecent exposure, Oct. 5/non-jury trial.
Michael Cleaver, omitting to provide for minor child, deceased
Pamela White, first-degree burglary, Aug. 16/plea.
Terrell Pepper, larceny of merchandise from retailer, incarcerated in Kansas
Nathan Bagnell, failure to register as sex offender, Aug 3/plea.
Kenneth Wayne Canoe, bail jumping, Aug. 14/plea.
Ashley Nichole Vann, domestic abuse – assault and battery, Aug. 14/plea.
Trenton Douglas Chambers, second-degree burglary, Aug. 14/plea.
Jason Gorrell, knowingly concealing stolen property, Aug. 14/plea.
Tige Marvin Browning, second-degree burglary, July 27/plea.
Jackson Lee Ketcher, possession of controlled dangerous substance – morphine and larceny of lost property, bench warrant issued and bond doubled.
Ronald Mitchell, domestic abuse resulting in great bodily harm, Oct. 16/jury trial.
Patrick James McGinley, conspiracy to bring controlled dangerous substance into penal institution, Oct. 18/non-jury trial.
Jennette Sue McGinley, conspiracy to bring controlled dangerous substance into penal institution, Aug. 14/plea.
Deanna Lynn Bates, second-degree burglary, Aug. 14/plea.
Amanda Colleen Roberts, grand larceny, Aug. 16/plea.
Lonnie Ray Elsey, second-degree burglary, case dismissed.
Carie Rachel Elsey, second-degree burglary, case dismissed.
Christopher York, domestic assault and battery with dangerous weapon, case dismissed
Jonathan Mendoza, robbery with a dangerous weapon, bench warrant and bond doubled.
Matthew McKinley Downing, larceny of automobile, Oct. 5/non-jury trial.
McKayla Rutherford, obtaining merchandise by means of bogus check, Jan. 18/felony disposition docket.
Stephanie Lynn Atkins, possession of controlled dangerous substance-methamphetamine, Aug. 7/court date.
Cameron Chase Weaver, possession of controlled dangerous substance – methamphetamine/taken into custody.
Adrielle Hartman, conjoint robbery, Aug. 16/blind plea.
Seth Gabriel Miller, conjoint robbery, Aug. 16/blind plea.
John Benton Rich, conjoint robbery, Oct. 23/jury trial.
Natasha Gonzalez, possession of controlled dangerous substance, Aug. 14/plea.
Cindi Foreman, bringing contraband into jail, return Aug. 4.
Jesse Michael Bowden, bail jumping, Sept 11/jury trial.
Charles Davis Neff, conjoint robbery, Aug. 7/court date.
Joshua Hawley, trafficking in illegal drugs, Sept. 27/jury trial.
Erin Tucker, bail jumping, Aug. 7/court date.