Women facing charges of child neglect after allegedly dropping infant at flea market

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two women are facing charges of child neglect after bystanders called police from an Oklahoma City flea market.

On Oct. 30, officers were called to the Old Paris Flea Market following reports of child abuse.

According to the probable cause affidavit, witnesses told police that they spotted 47-year-old Sandra Gant carrying a 5-week-old boy in her arms.

“[The victim] was really high up in Sandra’s arms to where his head was hanging down with no support and citizens were starting to yell at her to support the child’s head. [Witness] stated Sandra started yelling back at people and then stumbled which caused [the victim’s] head to shake around unsupported. Sandra Gant then dropped a baby blanket and tried to bend down and pick it up when she dropped [the victim] on his head,” the affidavit states.

Witnesses told authorities that Gant did not check to see if the baby was injured, and even refused offers of help by bystanders who were concerned about the child’s safety.

Officers noted in the probable cause affidavit that Gant “did not have the ability to stand on her own without stumbling forward, backward or to the side.”

The infant’s mother, Darinda Gant, was walking alongside Sandra Gant and “appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotic,” the report alleges.

The affidavit claims that Darinda was “unaware of her surroundings” and admitted to taking two doses of Xanax, Gabapentin and an unknown amount of Lortabs.

Sandra Gant and Darinda Gant are both facing charges of child neglect.

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