Guthrie police rescue five children living in filth, charge mother with neglect

Melissa Grayson faces charges of felony child neglect and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. (Logan County Sheriff's Office)

A Guthrie woman is facing felony child neglect charges after police found her baby sitting unrestrained in the back of her car, surrounded by trash, rotting food, and syringes. According to court documents, Melissa Grayson admitted to officers she “relapsed and shot up” drugs about nine hours before police found her.

Officers say the one-year-old had been left in the same diaper so long, the child’s skin was cracked and bleeding.

Guthrie police found four more children – ages 5, 12, 13 and 14 - at Grayson’s home, living in the same kind of conditions. All five are now in DHS custody.

“Having a kid that age myself, it makes my heart hurt that kids have to deal with things like that and live in conditions that way,” said Chelsea Kornmeyer, who lives across the street from the home Grayson's family used to live in. “It makes me kind of feel bad because I didn't know that was happening to them.”

Grayson was arrested on Nov. 28th.

Heather Southerland used to live next door to Grayson and had suspicions about her. She said the kids were left to fend for themselves.

“It honestly doesn't surprise me,” said Southerland. “Especially when I was so close, and I could have done something. I wish I would have, but hindsight is 20/20.”

Southerland said if she’s ever in the same situation again, she won’t hesitate to call the authorities. She urges others to do the same.

If you suspect abuse or neglect, call the Oklahoma Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-522-3511. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

Guthrie police found six syringes and two different types of prescription drugs inside Grayson's car. She faces charges of neglect of child and unlawful possession of a controlled drug.

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