TULSA (AP) A Tulsa County Juvenile Court judge has found a teenager whose 2-month-old son was mauled to death by a puppy delinquent on a second-degree manslaughter charge and ordered her to fulfill conditions of probation.
A court order filed Thursday indicates that Linzy Earles, among other things, must enroll in a general equivalency diploma, or GED, program within 30 days and attend counseling and therapeutic programs.
Prosecutors had said Earles left Zane Earles alone with a hungry Labrador puppy that fatally injured the baby in July at her family's house. Earles and her mother were asleep during the attack and the mother found the baby when she woke up.
Earles didn't turn 18 until Oct. 24, so her case was handled in juvenile court.
Juvenile court matters typically are not open to the public. In response to a records request by the Tulsa World, however, Chief Juvenile Judge Doris Fransein previously authorized a release of juvenile court records and law enforcement records involving Earles.
After it was determined that a confidentiality requirement was not applicable in the manslaughter case, records from her court appearances this month were provided, the newspaper said.
The order signed by Special Judge Terry Bitting said while getting attending the GED program, Earles can have no unexcused absences, tardies or suspensions. She also can't possess any weapon, must comply with a curfew, and must submit to random drug tests and not use alcoholic beverages or illegal substances.
Juvenile officials can retain jurisdiction and supervision only until a juvenile's 19th birthday, which for Earles, is about eight months away. She is scheduled to return to court for a review on April 30.
The second-degree manslaughter charge involved an accusation of "culpable negligence" - an omission to do something that a reasonably careful person would do or failure to use ordinary care and caution.
In 2006, when she was 15, Earles was accused in juvenile court of unlawful delivery of a controlled drug.
She was found delinquent in 2007 and put on a probation that was closed as successful in 2008, records show.