Special to the Grove Sun
VINITA — The state Department of Human Services removed an infant girl from the home of a Craig County mother facing a neglect charge after her 2-year-old son was struck and killed by a car, according to records released this week.
Tracy Dean Frazier, 25, of Vinita, was in Craig County jail Wednesday with bail set at $50,000.
She is accused of neglecting her son, Jessie Frazier, who wandered into a Vinita street and was killed when hit by a sport utility vehicle after the motorist attempted to swerve. The accident happened about 50 yards from Frazier's home.
The name of the driver has not been released.
According to DHS records, Jessie didn't have adult supervision at the time. Darlene Eslick, Tracy Frazier’s mother said his 8-month-old sister was placed in state custody.
Eslick said the charges against her daughter are the result of a misunderstanding.
“I don't think it is right what they charged her with. She always watched him,” Eslick said. “My daughter has always taken care of her kids — they were clean, fed and had a roof over them.”
Eslick said the criminal charge is the result of a “set-up deal.”
“I don't know who and I don't know why,” she said.
Frazier was also the subject of a DHS investigation after officials received a report Oct. 22, 2008, that she had traveled from another state to give birth to Jessie in Oklahoma to avoid Child Protective Services in another state. The DHS report did not elaborate on why she would be sought in another state.
It was determined that Frazier was in Oklahoma to visit family and went into labor during her visit, DHS records show.
Frazier was referred to a local SoonerStart program for assessment and evaluation of the child's development, the records show.
A week before the accident, Frazier was warned about keeping her child out of the street, according to an arrest affidavit.