By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Three Norman residents were charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors Tuesday in Cleveland County District Court.
Maria Renee Shinabery, 24, James D. Rayford, 32, and Dustin Wayne Dunaway, 33, were charged conjointly after allowing a 13-year-old male to consume alcohol in their home.
Shinabery and Rayford were additionally charged with selling or furnishing an alcoholic beverage to the same minor. The alleged incident occurred Aug. 2, according to charges filed.
Norman police were responding to a call for service regarding a possible intoxicated minor in the northeast Norman neighborhood where the three adults lived. When an officer arrived, the front door of the residence was closed, but he could see inside through an opening of the window curtain of the living area, the affidavit said.
The officer saw Dunaway, Rayford and the minor and also heard Shinabery and what sounded like a second unseen minor. The officer also observed empty beer bottles on the coffee table, the affidavit said.
The teen opened the front door and attempted to open the storm door and walk outside, at which time the officer stopped the storm door with his hand, the document states.
“(The minor) was completely taken by surprise and reacted to seeing me by sprinting back inside the residence after slamming the primary front door to said residence closed,” the officer wrote in the affidavit.
Rayford then opened the door and granted the officer verbal consent to enter the residence. Rayford also identified the minor and said he fled through the back door, the document said.
All three residents then gave the officer verbal consent to search the residence. The officer did not contact the minor he encountered or the source of the second voice he believed to be a second minor in the residence.
When the officer asked if the minor fled because he was intoxicated, Shinabery said “yes.” Both Rayford and Shinabery said they gave the minor alcohol, which he consumed in their residence, the affidavit said.
The officer found a bottle of half-full vodka, which was emptied in the presence of another officer and submitted into Norman property custody as evidence.
The minor later returned to the scene to speak with the officer after a friend of the minor contacted him. When the officer saw the minor, he observed the minor exhibiting poor balance, thick speech and a tendency to draw out the ends of certain words. He was incapable of walking in a straight line and fell to the ground multiple times, the affidavit said.
When the officer asked the minor if he was drunk, the minor said “yes.” The minor said he consumed vodka and lemon gin inside the residence, which Rayford had given him, the affidavit said.
The minor’s mother requested Norman fire and EMSStat to check the welfare of her son, due to his high level of intoxication. The minor was not transported to the hospital for treatment, the document said.
The minor told the officer that at no time while consuming alcohol inside the residence did Rayford, Shinabery or Dunaway attempt to stop or prevent him from consuming or receiving the alcohol he consumed, the affidavit said.
Other individuals who approached the officer that day said they had been approached by Rayford and Shinabery in the past during which they offered alcohol and marijuana, the affidavit said. The majority of the individuals were between the ages of 13 to 15, the officer noted.
The officer also noted in the affidavit, based on a prior call for service that he was familiar with the residents from prior contact. On June 20, he responded to a call that stated Shinabery and Rayford provided a juvenile marijuana and allowed the juvenile to consume it in their residence, the affidavit said.
While no arrest was made at that time due to inconclusive evidence, Shinabery claimed possession of a metal grinder and metal pipe containing black residue possessing the odor of burnt marijuana found upon search of the residence.
A municipal docket for possession of paraphernalia was issued for Shinabery for that incident.
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