Whoa. Wait a second. Who left these babies in this father's "care"? The mother? Was this voluntary? Was dad STEVEN GEORGE MOLAND the "primary care provider"? If not, why was he in charge of getting these kids ready for the babysitter? He was the father of one (the youngest?), but not the father of the other? Was this a girlfriend's child from a previous relationship or what? A lot is not explained here....
With this guy's history of serious child abuse (i.e. fracturing the skull of his 2-month-old son in 2004), who the hell thought it was a good idea to put this dude in charge of two young children???
Man previously convicted of child abuse faces new charges
Steven George Moland
By LAURA SUMMERS World Correspondent
Published: 3/27/2012 11:45 AM
Last Modified: 3/27/2012 3:57 PM
BARTLESVILLE -- A 28-year-old man convicted in 2004 of fracturing the skull of a baby is back behind bars in Washington County accused of harming a 6-month-old and a 2-year-old.
Steven George Moland, of Bartlesville, was charged this week with felony child abuse involving two children who were left in his care. District Judge Curtis DeLapp, who sent Moland to prison for 5 years on his previous conviction, this week set a $50,000 bond in his new case.
According to a court affidavit, two babysitters noticed the children had bruises and scratches on them and called police to investigate on Friday. Police noted there were bruises on the upper arms, legs and bottom of the toddler, and red marks and scratches on the face, neck and back of the 6-month-old.
Moland, who is the father of one of the children, allegedly told police he became angry with the children while trying to get them ready to go to the babysitters.
In February 2004, Moland plead no contest in Washington County District Court to a 2003 child abuse charge. Moland, who was 20 years old at the time, told police he did not hurt his 2-month-old, but commented that the baby "did not like" him and "would not stop crying."
The infant, who had been left in Moland's care, was diagnosed with a skull fracture and brain injury. DeLapp issued a 10-prison term with five years to serve and ordered Moland to complete parenting classes, anger management classes and his GED. DeLapp also had ordered all contact Moland had with children under the age of 5 years to be supervised.