ENID, Okla. – John Brauner said he didn’t actually know Kathryn Green but had been staying at her home for several days with a friend who did know her.
He said they were helping Green clean out some of the buildings on her property and became suspicious when she brought a luggage trunk into the house.
“Something just clicked with me, just the way she was acting and the size of the container for one,” Brauner said.
Brauner said, when Green briefly brought the trunk inside, it left a terrible odor.
“It could’ve been a dog, a cat or a small child. And, usually, you just go bury a dog or cat in the yard,” he said.
Brauner said Green then put the box in a large dumpster beside her home and piled a bunch of things on top of it.
“Right before we left, she said can you still smell anything out here? I said no, and I was really, really weirded out at that point. And, she said thank God for airwicks,” Brauner said.
Brauner confided his suspicions to his friend and said his friend shared a comment Green had made to him.
“She had made a comment apparently to my friend saying that what was in the box would put her in prison for the rest of her life,” he said.
Brauner called police and asked them to check out the dumpster.
Police searched it on April 9 and found the remains of a deceased infant boy with the umbilical cord still attached.
Brauner said his heart sank when he found out he was right.
“Sick, in a way, I kind of think about it every day,” Brauner said.
He said he wishes he could have met Green earlier to possibly prevent what happened.
And, he believes she knew exactly what she was doing.
“I think she definitely understood the gravity of what it appears that she did,” he said.
Brauner said he’s just glad he intervened when he did and shed light on something that might otherwise never have been discovered.
Green has not been charged in connection with the infant’s death.
Police are waiting on autopsy and DNA results.
She is in jail however on drug charges and child neglect charges.
Police said she tried to hide meth from them when they brought her in for questioning.
The child neglect charges stem from the condition of her home where she lives with her three young children.
Police said they found deplorable conditions when they searched it.
Green is due in court next month for a bond hearing.