A preliminary hearing began Wednesday in Kay County District Court for 27 year old Wanita Gale Jackson, aka Juanita Gaila Jimenez-Ramirez and 54 year old Esther Lee Bales, aka Esther Lee Montgomery. The two are charged with murder in the second degree or in the alternative child neglect in the death last summer of four year-old Haley Primeaux at the Lake Ponca Swim Beach.
Witnesses told police that a woman identified at Jimenez-Ramirez was at the swim beach with over a dozen children. Jimenez-Ramirez is free on a $75,000 bond. Bales is being held in a $150,000 bond.