Dexter lady arrested in child-custody battle

Abby Gayle Freel, 35, of Dexter, was arrested Wednesday on Wednesday on a Guthrie County arrest warrant for failing to appear on the original indictment of child endangerment, interference in official acts and violation of a custodial order.

A Dexter woman was arrested Thursday with a Guthrie County arrest warrant related to an incident last summer in which she allegedly barricaded herself in a bedroom with her 12-year-old son and told law enforcement to “shoot her.” to obtain custody ”. the child, ”said the court records.

Fortunately, no such incident occurred and Abby Gayle Freel, 35, of 8108 Kola St., Dexter, was arrested for child endangerment, interference in official acts and violating a custodial order.

The incident occurred around 6:45 pm on August 19, 2020 in the Lake Diamondhead area of ​​Dexter, where Guthrie County’s deputy sheriffs were attempting to enforce a habeas corpus warrant and “physical custody” of an underage child Mother of the child to take over custody transfer to the father of the child.

According to court records, Freel allegedly refused to “leave the house and close the door” on MPs. When the MPs entered the residence, Freel is said to have “locked himself in a bedroom with her son”.

MPs negotiated with Freel for more than 30 minutes, during which time she allegedly “refused to open the door” and repeatedly said MPs had to “shoot her to get custody of the child,” the court records read.

The MPs “forced entry into the room” and Freel was “arrested without incident in front of the underage child”, according to court records.

A warrant for Freel was placed in Guthrie County District Court on June 7 and served on July 15. Freel is being held in the Dallas County Jail without bail. She is scheduled for a July 19 pre-trial hearing in Guthrie County District Court.

Freel was convicted of interfering with official acts in 2018 by Warren County District Court.

* A criminal charge is just an accusation and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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