Police: Oakwood woman arrested after refusing medical help for injured child

- Charges were reduced against an Oakwood woman who police said refused to seek medical attention for a juvenile who had a broken arm.

Cathy Denise Heavener, 56, was originally charged with cruelty to children in the first degree last summer. A Hall County Magistrate Judge reduced that charge to reckless conduct, a misdemeanor, following a preliminary hearing. The case has not yet been scheduled for trial.

On June 30, Oakwood police say Heavener called 911 to inquire about what she needed to do about the injury of a child. During the call, she told the dispatcher not to send an ambulance to her Timberhills Drive residence, police said.

An officer was dispatched to the home anyway and, hours later, the child was taken to the children’s hospital, where the broken bones were confirmed.

Police also said there were several inconsistencies between Heavener’s version of what happened and the stories from the doctors and 911 tapes.

Heavener said she intends to plead not guilty, and that recordings of the 911 call and cell phone pictures show that she did nothing wrong.

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