By Jeff Lehr
The mother of an 8-year-old boy shot and killed in a Jasper County foster home in 2005 is headed back to prison for probation violations and is facing a new charge that she nearly ran down a sheriff’s deputy with a sport-utility vehicle.
Brandie L. McLean, 31, appeared at a probation-revocation hearing Friday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.
Circuit Judge David Mouton revoked McLean’s probation and sent her back to prison on two forgery convictions she received in 2006.
Each conviction carries a seven-year term, with the sentences to run concurrently.
McLean did not contest allegations at the hearing that she broke terms of her probation by changing her place of residence without permission, failing to report to her probation officer and failing to abide by a curfew schedule. But she informed the court that a fourth alleged violation, use of the drug Xanax, stemmed from a prior, not her most recent, probationary period.
Court records show that McLean was charged with felony assault on a law-enforcement officer for almost striking Jasper County Deputy Chad Karr with a Chevrolet Blazer she pulled up in at 9071/2 S. McKinley Ave. on Jan. 4 as Karr and other officers were searching the residence in an investigation into suspected manufacturing of methamphetamine.
McLean was living at the address and had active warrants out on her, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
McLean is the mother of Braxton Wooden, who was shot and killed on June 2, 2005, in a foster home in Alba during a game of “cops and robbers” with the foster parents’ 14-year-old biological son.
The state had removed McLean’s five children from her care in the fall of 2004 when her 2-year-old son, Chandler, got out on a roof of their Webb City home while she was asleep inside. Three of the children, including Braxton, eventually were placed with foster parents Mark and Treva Gordon in Alba.
McLean sued the Gordons and state child-welfare employees following the death of the Wooden boy and received a small settlement from the Gordons’ insurer. A federal appeals court recently dismissed her case against the child-welfare system employees.
Ongoing problems with drugs have kept her from getting any of her children returned to her by the state. She voluntarily terminated her parental rights to the two youngest, who had health problems requiring close supervision and in-home health care. But she told the Globe this past year that she still retained hopes of getting the other two back after completing a 120-day shock incarceration program for the forgery convictions and being placed on probation.
By Jeff Lehr