Couple plead guilty to child abuse

September 25, 2018

KINGMAN — A Bullhead City couple pleaded guilty last week to one of three counts of child abuse.

Cherice Marie Wheeler, 33, and Jeffrey Lee Lewis II, 32, pleaded guilty to child abuse by domestic violence as an undesignated felony. They had been charged with three counts of child abuse and two drug charges. Wheeler pleaded guilty Sept. 11 and Lewis pleaded guilty Sept. 7.

Under the plea agreement, Wheeler and Lewis will be sentenced to supervised probation with the possibility of up to 30 days in county jail. If they complete probation, their felony charges would be designated as a misdemeanor. The couple both will be sentenced Oct. 9, court documents stated.

Bullhead City police were called to a Marina Boulevard residence to assist code enforcement with a scheduled yard abatement. Officers contacted Wheeler and found deplorable and unsafe conditions including animal feces, trash, exposed wiring and a strong odor of marijuana, Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said.

Narcotic detectives searched the house and found marijuana bongs, pipes and a usable amount of marijuana. The home also was infested with bedbugs and mice. Three children, ages 8, 9 and 16, were placed with a family member, Fromelt said.

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