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Mother's trial set to begin
By Kevin Hanson
The mother of young Angelina Marie Oakley goes on trial Thursday for her role in the assaults that left her baby with 11 broken bones.
Kayla Oakley, who turned 20 last month, is charged with one count of rendering criminal assistance and one count of criminal mistreatment. She is being tried in King County Superior Court.
A trial date for her boyfriend, 18-year-old Joshua Folk, has not been set. According to court documents, Folk has admitted causing the injuries to Angelina, who was seven months old at the time.
In a taped confession, Folk said he slammed the child to the floor three times and, on two occasions, dropped the baby to the floor after raising her to his shoulders.
Folk said he acted out because the baby's crying made him angry. He is not the baby's father.
The five assaults allegedly occurred April 12 at the Warner Avenue apartment Folk and Oakley shared.
Oakley is being charged because, according to court allegations, she knew Folk was abusing her child and did nothing to stop him; also, that she attempted to protect Folk when police started asking questions.
It was anticipated a trial date for Folk would be announced during a hearing last week. Instead, that hearing was continued to his week (Monday). Announcement of a trial date was not available at press time.
Folk is charged with first-degree assault of a child. If found guilty of that crime, he could be sentenced to 93 to 123 months in prison.
Fund grows to
The outpouring of sympathy and financial support continues for young Angelina.
Soon after Angelina's story came to light, the Enumclaw Police Officers Association opened an account at Washington Mutual in the name of "Enumclaw's Baby." Getting the ball rolling with a $1,000 donation, the account is designed to help the child's maternal grandmother meet the expenses of caring for a toddler.
Andie Rymill, who keeps tabs of the account for the EPOA, said the account has grown to almost $13,500.
"Money has come from all over Puget Sound," Rymill said, noting that most donations range from $5 to $100. However, there was one $500 contribution.
The single biggest boost to the fund was the "Enumclaw's Baby" concert and auction. That event raised more than $7,000, Rymill said.
Kevin Hanson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org