Greenville Man Found Guilty of Human Trafficking, Sentenced to Life in Prison
HUNT COUNTY, TX – After a 25 minute deliberation, a Hunt County jury found Jeffery Barrett guilty of a human trafficking case in Greenville.
On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the jury found Barrett guilty of abusing his three adopted children.
“It is heartbreaking to know this horrid abuse was happening in our state, and it is unfathomable that a person could be so heartless to abuse the foster care system and use children in need of a loving, safe home as slave labor,” said Paxton in a prepared statement.
According to investigators, Barrett subjected his adopted children to continuous abuse through isolation and coercion, making the children work at his puppy mill for years and not allowing them to attend school.
During the seizure, the puppies were taken under the care of the SPCA, and the children were removed from the home.
Barrett was sentenced to life in prison and a $10,000 fine, which is the maximum sentence for this offense.
This verdict comes after Barret’s wife, Barbara, was sentenced to 99 years for the continuous trafficking of children.
“There is no excuse for this evil behavior, and it will not be tolerated in our state,” Paxton said.
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Police say the mother, 20-year-old Midaysia Highwalker, took the baby, Leyla Rivera, after an altercation with the baby’s father.
People nearby say they often hear arguing.
“We hear them argue all the time, mainly just over dumb, stupid stuff,” neighbor Matthew Seal said.
“I have from time to time heard a little bit of screaming and yelling,” Jamie Jack, family member of a neighbor, said.
Police say the situation then escalated.
“The female, mother of the child, took the baby, indicated that she might harm herself and the baby,” MSgt. Gary Knight with Oklahoma City Police said.
According to the arrest warrant for Highwalker, the baby’s father called his mother saying he needed help removing the baby from the apartment. He said Highwalker had people over at the residence, and Midaysia was smoking marijuana around the child. The warrant goes on to say, “Midaysia forcefully took the child from [the father], grabbing the small infant by her head. Midaysia proceeded to strike [the father’s] head repeatedly and threw various items at him. Midaysia grabbed a black carjack from the front of the residence and forcefully struck [the father] in the back of his head, causing injury.”
The warrant says Midaysia said she was going to kill the baby’s father and his mother and left the residence with the baby.
That sparked an Amber Alert Thursday morning.
However, Highwalker’s sister, who did not want her name disclosed, says that’s unlike her. “She might’ve said something to get him away from her, but she wouldn’t make threats and she wouldn’t go through with her threats,” she said.
Police searched for Highwalker and the baby. Both were found safe at a friend’s home in Midwest City.
“The mother’s in custody, we’ll interview her and see what came of the domestic,” Knight said.
According to Highwalker’s sister and cousin, there’s more to the story.
“Her boyfriend, he’s been putting his hands on her a long time now, and I feel like she did it just to get away from him, and his mom threatens her, tries to fight her, and they used the baby against her and so she just ran to get away,” her sister said.
“My cousin is a really good mom, and she don’t deserve to be locked up. Her baby daddy has been abusive their whole relationship,” Precious Hopgood, Highwalker’s cousin said.
Highwalker has been booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on complaints of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, child neglect, domestic abuse in the presence of a minor, threatening to perform an act of violence, embezzlement and destroying property.
Two arrested in OK for Child Molesting and enabling it
Perkins, OK – A woman from Perkins and her ex-boyfriend were arrested after the woman turned in the man for molesting her children, and law enforcement learned she enabled the sexual abuse.
Peggy Gates and Baldwin Lee Irving were booked into the county jail. Irving was charged with child sexual abuse and conspiracy to commit a felony and Gates was charged with enabling child sexual abuse and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Perkins Officer Daryn Zanfardino and Perkins Deputy Chief Kyle Howard worked the case.
Gates reported the abuse because she was trying to get a protective order against Irving, the affidavit said.
“I asked why she is disclosing now instead of when the prior incidents occurred. She stated that she was forced to participate because Baldwin Irving threatened to beat her,” Howard said. “She stated that she and Baldwin had been arguing recently and she wanted to notify what was happening.”
Howard told Zanfardino he believed it was possible Gates was involved with the abuse, and the recent fight may have “fractured the relationship.”
The probable cause affidavit said Gates called police July 10, to have Irving removed from the home, but didn’t disclose abuse at that time. For this reason, Zanfardino requested a search warrant instead of consent to search the phone.
The children were interviewed at the Ray of Hope Advocacy Center in Bartlesville. One of the children became disconnected when the autonomy chart was used to describe good or bad touches.
The child told the interviewer Irving’s phone had been factory reset, and that they had to bring Gates the phone. The other child disclosed sexual abuse by Irving and stated that Irving likes to be naked. The child also said Irving touched them while they were in the shower.
According to the affidavit, Gates admitted to touching the two children to “satisfy Baldwin.”
Howard made a scenario with Gates and told her to correct him if he was wrong. He said she allowed her abusive ex-boyfriend back into the picture and learned of his sexual desires. She saw it as a problem but also wanted to be loved and so her judgement was clouded by love.
“Peggy Gates said that I was spot on,” Howard alleged.
Officers told Gates they knew she reset Irving’s phone, and she allegedly said it was to protect him.
“I asked what would be found on the phone and said a text from Baldwin asking if we should stop doing what we have been doing and her replying no,” Howard alleged.
Payne County Investigator Rockford Brown assisted in the arrest of Irving and interviewed him.
The affidavit said Irving blamed the sexual abuse on Gates offering the children to him. He admitted to touching one child twice over the clothes while they were asleep, because Gates wanted him to do it.
When Gates was interviewed, she said Irving made untrue statements about her, and she was the one that was forced by Irving.
Both Gates and Irving appeared in court Wednesday and bond was set at $75,000 for Gates and $100,000 for Irving. Gates will return to court Aug. 4 but Irving does not have a known upcoming court date.