A Logan County Sheriff's Deputy was on his way to training at approximately 1:30 p.m Thursday May 11 when he located a 15-year-old girl walking alone along Interstate-35 near Seward Road. The deputy made contact with the juvenile and learned that she was left on the highway after a verbal argument with her mother.
Renee Qualls was driving from Texas to Kansas City, Missouri with two children in her vehicle, a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. While driving through Logan County, Qualls and the girl got into a verbal argument. According to the girl, Qualls told her to get out of the car and drove away. The girl reported that she had been on the highway for at least an hour when she was found by the deputy.
She also believed that her mother was intoxicated at the time. According to a release sent out by the Logan County Sheriff's Office, the girl was immediately taken to the Sheriff's office and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services was contacted.
Shortly after, DHS staff and the deputies made contact with Qualls who told investigators that she was still driving. Investigators reported that they believe she was intoxicated based on her slurred speech and incoherent thought. Qualls refused to stop and report her location to law enforcement. At that time, the girl was placed into the custody of the State and a verbal order was issued for the 12-year-old boy.
That same day, Thursday May 11, investigators released a warrant for Qualls' arrest in Oklahoma and Kansas for the charge of Child Neglect. Less than a week later, on May 15, the boy was turned over to the State of Oklahoma and Qualls was turned into the Logan County Sheriff's Office.
Both the children have been returned to the custody of their father. Qualls remains in custody at the Logan County jail at this time.