LA VETA- The child abuse case against Marshal Harold Wilburn seems to be stuck in limbo, with no one in authority ready or seemingly able to make a final decision whether to press ahead with misdemeanor charges or drop the case.
The case stems from an incident on Aug. 3, when Wilburn says he accidentally pushed his stepson out an open door, the boy fell down and broke three fingers upon hitting the ground.
“There was was no intent on hurting [the boy] at all,” said Jackie Wilburn, the boy’s mother. “Harold was just trying to make him go outside and do his chores. [The boy] just let go of the door (frame) suddenly is why he fell.”
Wilburn was initially to be charged with felony child abuse, and a restraining order was imposed, but the charges were quickly dropped to a misdemeanor. The restraining order, however, is still in place.
“This is just ridiculous,” Wilburn went on. “The restraining order should be off. (The boy) is not afraid of Harold. Social Services say this is a family counseling issue, and Spanish peaks Mental Health says this is a family reunification issue. I can’t get ahold of (the boy’s) case worker, who hasn’t talked with his school. We haven’t had a lot of support from Social Services,” she added sarcastically.
Wilburn’s case went before Judge Ellen Haskins Trujillo on Tuesday afternoon, where Jackie Wilburn told the family’s side of the story, after which Trujillo modified the restraining order, allowing Wilburn to be home for Christmas.