An arrest in a child’s death and the mother’s boyfriend is now in the Tulsa County jail.
Cody Sartin, 29, is accused of murdering three-year-old Jace Burgess who died a week ago today.
He is accused of causing a subdural hematoma to Jace’s brain and is now charged with First-Degree Murder.
On Wednesday, he was arrested in Stillwater at a home and is being held in the Tulsa County jail without bond.
FOX23’s Abbie Alford explains how a community of complete strangers is reaching out to Jace’s family.
Friends created a Facebook page dedicated to Jace and in the last week more than a thousand people have joined “Justice For Jake”.
A little boy who turned three on June 5th was given another chance at life.
On a the blog “A Second Miracle For Jake” created by his aunt she writes Jace was born at 25 weeks and weighed less than two pounds and was not expected to live.
His biological mother used meth while she was pregnant with Jace and did not know the father.
That’s when his nurse took the newborn in her arms and became the person Jace called “Mommy”.
His aunt says the first night at home she held him in her arms and she thought Jace was going to die.
However, he was a fighter and became an adorable, playful little boy who would wake up and say, ‘guh mornin!’
However, now he is gone and his mother’s boyfriend, Cody Sartin, is charged with murder.
FOX23’s Abbie Alford was there as Child Crisis detectives took him into questioning, Sartin refused to say anything when asked if he had any comment.
Records show in a protective order the mother filed after Jace’s massive head injuries the mother states that while she was at work overnight from Saturday June 12 to Sunday June 13th her son was shaken so hard it caused a subdural hematoma for which he had brain surgery.
The mother says Sartin was the only person home with the toddler at the time.
It also states that a month prior to Jace’s death he told his mom ‘Cody shake me’ and he had 'accidents' while Sartin washed him.
The mother also states that she noticed new bruises on him that day Jace told her about Sartin shaking him and they weren’t there when she bathed Jace earlier that day.
Three days after being rushed to the hospital for his brain injuries the little boy was taken off a ventilator.
The medical examiner ruled Jace had suffered from blunt force trauma to the head.
Police say Sartin told them Jace had fallen off the bed.
Since Sartin has been charged, DHS has thirty days to respond to FOX23 News’ request for Sartin and Jace’s history. FOX23 News is being told Child Protective Services is processing the request.
Records also show two other women filed protective orders against Cody Sartin in March.
Oklahoma records show Sartin has no prior felony convictions.
According to "A Second Miracle for Jace" blog his family has posted information about a donation fund for the toddler's funeral: Starting 6/22/2010, donations can be at any local Arvest Bank or mailed to Arvest Bank at 1515 S. Utica Ave, Tulsa, OK 74114 c/o Jace Burgess Funeral Fund. Within the next few days we will have a Paypal account linked to the fund so you can make donations online as well.
Wednesday night the Burgess family sent the following statement:
"Jace was an amazing child. He was born at 25 weeks, and many of his doctors did not believe he would survive. We were blessed to make him a part of our family and poured our lives into ensuring that he overcame every obstacle. When we celebrated his third birthday on June 5th, we were celebrating his life, his vitality, and the fact that he was not “special needs” as some have labeled him, but a happy, healthy, three-year-old boy. His mother, Leslie, was his biggest advocate, and we are all proud of the life that she gave him. That life was stolen from us. We loved Jace more than words can express, and our hearts are broken beyond repair. We are overcome with grief and sorrow, but we take comfort in the strength and support offered by friends and strangers. Admittedly, we are also angry, not only at the person who hurt our precious boy, but at ourselves. We allowed ourselves to be deceived. We believed lies and offered trust to someone who did not deserve it. Our prayer now is that the justice system will work to prevent any more innocent children from being harmed by this man, and that we might somehow honor Jace’s life with our future actions."
- Family of Jace Burgess