CADDO COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – Athena Brownfield‘s biological mother was arrested on Thursday, months after the 4-year-old’s horrific death.
On Thursday, Jasmin Brownfield was taken into custody by the OSBI.
A spokesman for the OSBI confirmed to KFOR that Brownfield is facing two counts of child neglect by abandonment. The charges were filed in Caddo County District Court.
Athena’s caretakers, Ivon and Alyisa Adams were arrested earlier this year.
Ivon Adams allegedly beat Athena to death on Christmas Day 2022 before burying her body on a property in Grady County.
Her death and disappearance were unknown to authorities until January 2023, when her 5-year-old sister was found wandering outside her Cyril home by a postal worker.
Two days after the search for Athena began, OSBI agents arrested Alysia Adams, her other caretaker, on two complaints of child neglect. The next day, authorities confirmed that Adams’ husband, Ivon Adams, was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, on a first-degree murder charge and a child neglect charge.
Athena’s remains were found on a rural Grady County property one week after the search began.
According to the affidavit, Brownfield left Athena and her sister with the Adams in 2021 because she believed neither she nor their biological father were adequate caretakers for the girls.
However, officials say she did not check in on the girls, provide child support, or inform any authorities about the change in custody.
“Jasmin did not visit the girls once they were in the care of Alysia and Ivon. She did not speak with them on their birthdays nor holidays. Jasmin failed to provide proper documentation to allow [Athena’s sister] to enroll in school or for either child to get routine medical care,” the affidavit reads.
Brownfield was booked into the Payne County Jail on Thursday.