, Muskogee, OK

August 10, 2013

Del City girl, 14, pleads guilty to fatally injuring son

Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 14-year-old Del City girl has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her 7-month-old son and was sentenced to 20 years in juvenile custody as part of a plea deal with Oklahoma County prosecutors.

The girl entered the plea Friday in Oklahoma County District Court in exchange for prosecutors reducing the charge from first-degree murder, according to The Oklahoman.

Prosecutors said, though, that the teenager could be released in two years if she completes a court-ordered rehabilitation plan, however, she could be transferred to an adult prison for the full 20-year sentence if she fails to complete the plan.

The girl acknowledged causing the injuries that killed her 7-month-old son in April.

“On April 21, 2013, I placed (the infant) in the crib with unreasonable force, which injured him,” the teenager said in court documents filed Friday. “I did not know about his injuries, but those injuries led to his death.”

The child died April 21, about an hour after being taken to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. His death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy found that he died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen and chest.

His injuries included several broken ribs and a lacerated liver, according to testimony during the mother’s preliminary hearing.

The girl’s ex-boyfriend and father of the infant, who was 15 at the time the child died, testified during the preliminary hearing that the girl often lost her temper when the baby cried, and demonstrated how she picked up the infant by his rib cage with both hands and threw him toward his crib.

The child hit the sides of the wooden crib before landing on the mattress, said the ex-boyfriend, who was not believed to have been involved in the infant’s death.

Del City police Capt. Jody Suit has said the boy’s grandmother had custody of the infant, but that she was at work when the child was injured.