New information in death of infant in west Tulsa


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/16/2012 9:10 am Published: 11/15/2012 7:45 am


Tulsa police are investigating the death of a baby boy in a west Tulsa apartment. 

The child’s parents say it was an accident; however detectives are not so sure. It happened at the Sandy Park apartments early Thursday morning. 

The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death, but police say the condition of the child’s body raises some questions.

The original story from the parents was that they found the child on the floor next to his crib. Although anything is possible, detectives say the baby would only have fallen about two and a half feet since the railing was down on the crib, and that should not have caused the child to die.

Neighbor Kendrick Petty knows how to take care of children. He has five of his own including newborn twins. He also looked after his neighbor’s children when their mother would run errands. So, news of this baby boy’s death he used to watch hit him hard.

"It's just unbelievable and I never thought I would wake up to something like this hearing about a baby that you know died and stuff,” he says.

Police were called to the apartment complex around 6:30 Thursday morning after paramedics found an infant dead. Both police and paramedics say his death is suspicious.

"We don't normally see falls from a couch or a crib that would cause a rather instantaneous death,” says Child Crisis Detective, Cpl. Greg Smith.

"I don't believe that and it makes me really sad. I almost started to cry myself. How could something like that happen,” says neighbor, Sasha Rusco.

“There are some marks on the child that caused concern from the officers,” says Smith.

Records show the baby boy had discoloration and bruising on his shoulders, back, neck and ear. 

While the child’s death could have been accidental, Child Crisis detectives say it’s important to always be watchful for signs of child abuse. 

First, look for changes in the child’s behavior. Also, don’t ignore bruises in unusual places. Bruises on elbows, knees or shins would typically not be a cause for concern. 

If you have reason to suspect child abuse, report it to the Department of Human Services or simply call 911. It’s the law.


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brookebusby - 11/16/2012 9:19 AM
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I want to know why the parents havent been arested yet? or why they havent released it if they were arrested.

cindy collins - 11/16/2012 8:29 AM
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I think the parents did it and made it look like that baby fell out of the crib its a crying shame for anyone to hurt a innocent child hope this baby gets justice

cindy collins - 11/16/2012 8:26 AM
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I dont think this baby fell out of the crib i think the parenrs did it and made it look like an acccidintual fall hope they get wat they deserve

jacobrc - 11/16/2012 7:44 AM
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I don't know what they have been feeding their child but my SEVEN month old cannot even get close to climbing and falling out of a crib. The Bruises are enough for me to know something else happened. Bruises and death from a 2 and a half feet fall for someone probably about 25 pounds or so? Not buying it.

Thunder61 - 11/15/2012 8:51 PM
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I will wait to hear the true story on this. Not sure what happened but don't think we know the full story yet

lillme - 11/15/2012 5:44 PM
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probally some crackheads with bad parenting skills

Tracy - 11/15/2012 1:44 PM
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Climbed out of the crib at 5 1/2 months and launched himself with enough force to cause that much trauma? Yeah, right.

aleman - 11/15/2012 1:31 PM
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One of those multi-father families for sure,unwanted children,poverty,who knows what else...recipe for disaster

whatintheworld - 11/15/2012 12:38 PM
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Babies dont die from falling out of cribs.. they may get hurt but not blunt force trauma! That poor baby :( Prayers for his family and those that love him. They will figure out what happened and someone will be sorry.

angelwing33 - 11/15/2012 11:05 AM
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i completely get how a baby can possibly climb out of a crib. however, if you know your baby does it, then why don't you fix the issue before it happens. i pray for the family today.
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