Oklahoma mom of 2 who drowned pleads guilty to child neglect

Posted at 6:59 AM, January 29, 2021 and last updated 4:05 PM, July 21, 2023

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman whose two young children wandered from their apartment and drowned has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case.

Donisha Willis (Tulsa County Jail)

Donisha Renee Willis, 24, agreed Monday to two child neglect charges in the May 2020 deaths of 3-year-old Miracle Crook and 21-month-old Tony Crook Jr., according to court records. The charges were reduced from second-degree murder counts.

Willis, of Tulsa, also pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer for kicking an investigator during questioning. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

“Donisha and her family are completely heartbroken by the tragic deaths of Miracle and Tony Jr. last year,” public defender Corbin Brewster told the Tulsa World, adding: “Donisha’s plea closed the case.”

Brewster did not immediately return a phone call to The Associated Press.

The children were last seen alive, on video, holding hands and walking toward a rain-swollen creek that flows into the Arkansas River. Miracle’s body was found in the river and Tony’s body was found in the creek.

Police have said Willis, who did not have custody of the children, broke into an apartment where the children were staying with a caretaker. The caretaker left the apartment and later returned with the legal guardian to find Willis passed out on a couch and the children missing, police said.