NWGA Scanner | May 8th, 2022

Washington mother transported back to the Whitfield County Jail from Seattle to face cruelty to children charges

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On April 19th, 2022, Romanita Parks, 32, of Seattle, Washington, was picked up from Seattle, Washington Jail on governors warrant due to her refusing to sign a waiver. According to the report, “Parks was transported to Whitfield county jail by deputies Callahan and Fraire on bench warrant number 21CR00561-M with the original charges of count one: cruelty to children- causes physical/mental 1st degree, count two: cruelty to children- allow child to witness felony/battery, count three: reckless conduct. Parks was also served with an arrest order for the same original charges and original warrantless arrest number WA62307.” According to the original Dalton Police Department incident report, Saturday, June 20th, 2020, at around 3:45 PM Officer Mefford and Officer Porter responded to 98 West Walnut Avenue in reference to a dispute between a mother and her son. According to the report, “Upon arriving at the scene, Officer Mefford viewed a white SUV with a boy sitting on the hood of the vehicle and hitting the windshield parked near the gas pumps of the Walmart Neighborhood Market.” The young boy was very distraught and that he and his mother were arguing because she was not letting him have any food. According to the report, “He said that Romanita got food for herself and his sister, he stated that Romanita was eating in front of him, and she was smiling at him. He said he felt like she was laughing at him, and he got mad. While Officer Mefford was speaking to the boy about what had happened, he advised that Romanita pepper-sprayed him. At that point, the officer realized his eyes were closed. He was unable to open his eyes while the officer tried to rinse them out with water.” Officer Mefford was able to view footage from the security cameras at the gas station. In the footage, he could see Romanita and her son arguing with each other. He noticed after a long time of arguing, Romanita got into her vehicle and locked the doors. She would not let her son in the vehicle. The boy circled around the vehicle, trying to get in from each door. As he was at the passenger door trying to get in, Romanita began pulling away from the gas pump. The boy then jumped on the hood of the vehicle.