Crime

University Place woman who made false rape report charged with 2 felonies

Staff writerApril 14, 2014 

Police across the state are on the lookout for a University Place woman who allegedly made up a story of being raped to protect the man now accused of beating her 5-year-old son so severely he required surgery to relieve brain bleeding.

Pierce County prosecutors last week charged Tara Cheri Foulkes with two felonies: first-degree rendering criminal assistance and tampering with a witness.

Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley issued a warrant for Foulkes' arrest on Friday.

The 26-year-old woman remained at large Monday morning.

The case against Foulkes began in January when she took her son to Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma after he complained of head pain, court records show. The boy later was transferred to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital for treatment of critical head injuries.

A deputy dispatched to investigate reported that Foulkes claimed to have been out driving with the boy when she ran out of gas. Foulkes said she and the boy then were attacked by three men as they walked home.

Foulkes said one of the men raped her. She reportedly told the deputy she didn't know what happened to her son while she was being attacked.

The two eventually made it home, she said. The boy later complained of head pain, so she took him to Allenmore.

Foulkes later recanted that story, saying she'd made it up to protect her boyfriend, Christopher Landrie, court records show.

Landrie, 25, has been charged with first-degree child assault for allegedly beating the boy. He's pleaded not guilty and is jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Prosecutors also contend Foulkes coached her daughter to lie to police about what happened, which the girl initially did, court records show.

During a subsequent interview with authorities, the girl changed her story to say her brother got into trouble with Landrie and that she heard the man tell the boy to "get a hanger," the records show.

The girl "then described her little brother in the bathroom shaking and unable to get up," court records state.

 

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