EL RENO, Okla. – An Oklahoma mom is leveling serious allegations against an Oklahoma Juvenile Authority home in our state.
Landee Harrison says it all started around 2:30 Monday morning when her 15-year-old daughter was able to escape the specialized community home in El Reno through a window without an alarm.
“It was 2:30 in the morning, she walked 3 miles through El Reno,” said Harrison.
Harrison herself went to El Reno and ended up finding her daughter in the local Wal-Mart.
She says her daughter’s probation officer was with her at the time and said Harrison could take her daughter home.
“The probation officer told me she was released to go home,” said Harrison.
But then about an hour later, Harrison got the call that an arrest warrant had been issued for her teen.
“The deputy’s on his way to arrest my 15-year-old for escaping from a place where she wasn’t being watched. And that concerns me,” said Harrison.
Harrison adopted her daughter when she was just 4-year-old. Harrison says even at that young age, the child had issues.
She went into the juvenile system in January of this year and was at a facility in Chickasha.
But when that facility closed, she moved to the home in El Reno.
Harrison says she thought the home was secure.
“If you’re going to punish her and incarcerate her in your system, you should be ready to take care of her. I offered to let her stay home. They told me no,” said Harrison.
Three Canadian County deputies showed up at Harrison’s home Monday afternoon and arrested the teen and took her to the juvenile detention center.
Harrison says she hopes whatever happens, that she doesn’t go back to the same home.
“I don’t want her going back to that home in El Reno. I will fight that. I don’t want her going back there. It’s not safe,” said Harrison.
Officials with the Oklahoma Juvenile Authority told NewsChannel 4 that the El Reno home is not a secure, locked down facility.
They say the kids who stay there go to work and school and participate in the community.
Harrison has filed a formal complaint with the Oklahoma Juvenile Authority.