Her boyfriend admitted to child abuse but didn’t go to prison; she got 15 years for not reporting it

Her boyfriend admitted to child abuse but didn’t go to prison; she got 15 years for not reporting it

An Oklahoma mother who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for failing to report the abuse of her children by her boyfriend, has been granted commutation by Gov. Kevin Stitt and will be released Friday.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Stitt on Thursday signed off on Tondalao Hall’s request granting commutation. Hall was released with other inmates discharging at 11 a.m. Friday at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud.

In 2004, Hall and her then-boyfriend, Robert Braxton, were arrested on child abuse charges after she took two of her youngest children to the hospital. Her 3-month-old daughter had broken ribs and a broken femur, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, which is representing Hall.

In 2006, after serving two years in county jail, Braxton pleaded guilty to two counts of abuse. He was sentenced but given probation and released from custody, online court records show.

Hall got a much harsher penalty.

She pleaded guilty to enabling child abuse and was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison, records show. Authorities said she failed to tell police about her boyfriend’s abuse.

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Hall was denied commutation in 2018. But last month, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted in favor of recommending the commutation of Hall’s sentence. Stitt approved the request on Thursday, leading the way to her release on Friday morning, a spokeswoman with the state’s Department of Corrections said.

“First and foremost, I want to thank God for making a way and for keeping me safe and sane during this season of my life,” said Hall in a statement released Thursday prior to her release.

“Secondly, for all the people God has placed in my life, my children and my family for sticking by me. Time and space cannot accommodate the list of people who have loved, helped, and supported me through all of this, so, to everyone who has, thank you and God bless you!”

Hall’s son, Robert, who was only 18 months old when she went to prison, said the decision came as a pleasant surprise for the family. He said he didn’t expect his mother to be released so quickly after the governor’s approval but was excited to have her back home.

CNN contributed to this report.

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Published at Sat, 09 Nov 2019 01:07:00 +0000

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