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Date: 06-25-2021

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United States of America v. Craig Alan Morrison and Amanda Walker

Case Number: 4:20-cr-00196-JFH

Judge: John F Heil, III

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma (Tulsa County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office

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A federal jury found a Tulsa couple guilty Wednesday for enabling and committing acts of child abuse against an Indian minor.

The jury convicted Craig Allan Morrison, 37, of two counts of child abuse in Indian Country and Amanda Lyn Walker, 42, with two counts of enabling child abuse in Indian Country. During the trial the jury received evidence describing two separate instances of child abuse involving a then three-year-old child.

The first incident took place on or about December 20, 2019, when other family members observed and photographed a hand-shaped bruise on the child’s face. The second incident took place on or about February 18, 2020, when the child victim was taken to the Saint Francis Hospital Pediatric Emergency Room with injuries to the child’s head, back, shoulder, abdomen, buttocks, and leg. Laboratory testing showed elevated liver enzymes and elevated amylase. A pediatrician who treated the victim testified these laboratory tests indicated liver and pancreatic injuries and that the child’s injuries were caused by child abuse. These crimes took place within the Muskogee Nation Reservation. Tulsa Police Department later interviewed the couple and charged them with child abuse.

“Because of the team of committed investigators and prosecutors, Craig Morrison and Amanda Walker have been brought to justice,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “It is heartbreaking when children suffer abuse at the hands of individuals who they should be able to trust for their care. My office and our law enforcement partners remain committed to prosecuting perpetrators of child abuse in Indian Country.”

The FBI and Tulsa Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melody Noble Nelson and Chantelle Dial prosecuted the case.


18:1151, 1152, and 13, and 21 O.S. 843.5(A)-Child Abuse in Indian Country
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18:1151, 1152, and 13, and 21 OS 843.5(A): Child Abuse in Indian Country
(1s)
18:1151, 1152, and 13, and 21 OS 843.5(A): Child Abuse in Indian Country
(3s)

Outcome: 06/23/2021 72 MINUTES of Proceedings - held before Chief Judge John F Heil, III: Jury Trial completed , setting/resetting sentencing: ( Sentencing set for 1/24/2022 at 10:00 AM before Chief Judge John F Heil III), ordering defendant be detained as to Craig Alan Morrison, Amanda Lyn Walker (Court Reporter: Ken Sidwell) (With attachments) (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/24/2021)
06/23/2021 73 SEALED EXHIBIT(S) to Order/Minutes (Re: 72 Minutes of Jury Trial Completed, Setting/Resetting Sentencing, Ordering Defendant be Detained) (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/24/2021)
06/23/2021 74 JURY INSTRUCTIONS by Chief Judge John F Heil, III as to Craig Alan Morrison, Amanda Lyn Walker (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/24/2021)
06/23/2021 75 JURY VERDICT as to Craig Alan Morrison (1) Guilty on Count 1s,3s and Amanda Lyn Walker (2) Guilty on Count 2s,4s (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/24/2021)

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