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Malnourished infant; Parents receive deferred sentence and baby is returned

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Updated February 5, 2014:  Two Northeast Oklahoma parents are sentenced for neglecting their malnourished eight-month old child.

Ronald Altaffer, 24, and China Altaffer, 21, plead guilty in Delaware County court to child neglect.

The couple fled with the infant in April of last year after learning authorities were looking for them due to the child's thin condition. China was taken into custody at Integris Grove General Hospital. Ronald was arrested two weeks later.

Baby Carolinn weighed about 12 pounds when she was taken into state custody at the age of 8 months.

Court documents show doctor's comments saying the baby's "skeletal outline was prominent through her skin" and describing her skin as "almost mummified with little elasticity".

The two have received a four year deferred sentence and the prosecutor in the case says Baby Carolinn will be returned to them.


Updated May 9, 2013 at 4:10 PM CST:  The father of an eight-month-old malnourished infant appeared in court for the first time today after running from authorities for almost two weeks.

Ronald Altaffer, 23 of Jay, Oklahoma, is charged with child neglect.

Baby Carolinn was brought to a Grove Hospital by her mother after an Amber Alert was issued.  Carolinn weighed 12 pounds at eight months of age, but according to court documents she has gained weight since then.


Altaffer and the baby's mother, China Prater, fled with the child from their home in Grove, then they learned that authorities were looking for them.


Prater is also charged with child neglect.

Updated April 12, 2013 at updated at 5:50 PM CST:  The Associated Press reports that China Altaffer, the mother of eight month old Carolinn, has been arrested and is in police custody.

Authorities are still searching for Ronald Altaffer.

Updated April 12, 2013 at updated at 5:00 PM CST:  Delaware County, Oklahoma authorities and issued an Amber Alert at 2 a.m. Friday for an eight month old girl believed to be taken by her parents in Grove. The Alert was canceled after the girl was located later in the day.

Sheriff Harlan Moore says baby Carolinn was brought to Integris Hospital in Grove by her mother, China Altaffer.

On Thursday the sheriff's office says a court order had been issued to take the girl into emergency custody because she was extremely malnourished.

Sheriff Moore says they received information that China and her husband, Ronald, were going to take the child out of town after hearing deputes were looking for them.

The sheriff's office had been tracking the couple through their cell phones but issued the Amber Alert after they lost connection.

China brought the baby to the hospital after much negotiations with different law enforcement agencies.  Authorities are still looking for Roland.

Carolinn was transferred to a Tulsa hospital and is undergoing a full evaluation.

Sheriff Moore says it's important to avoid assuming anything before they know everything going on.  He says if the investigation reveals that the couple deprived the child charges will be made.

Updated April 12, 2013 at updated at 11:30 AM CST:  The Amber Alert issued for a missing Grove, Oklahoma girl has been CANCELLED.  The Delaware County Communications Center says eight month old Carolinn Altaffer is being treated at an area hospital.

Posted April 12, 2013 at 7:18 AM CST:  An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing Grove, Oklahoma girl. Authorities say 8 month old Carolinn Altaffer was taken by her parents and is in need of immediate medical attention.

Ronald Altaffer, 23, and China Altaffer, 22, are believed to be in a tan Chevrolet SC1, License plate 474HLD, traveling to the state of Kansas.

Please contact your local authorities immediately if you have information regarding their whereabouts.

For the latest on the Amber Alert CLICK HERE.

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