Seminole PD investigating after a toddler’s remains were discovered

SEMINOLE, Okla. — Content Warning: The following article describes a child murder investigation.

The Seminole Police Department is investigating the murder of a toddler. The police department received a tip reporting a possible child death just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), officers secured a search warrant early Wednesday morning, and they discovered the burned remains of a toddler at 148 Old Highway 99 South in Seminole.

Detectives were led to a crime scene at the home of 33-year-old Chad Jennings and his girlfriend, 31-year-old Katherine Penner.

With the help of Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, District 22 Drugs and Violent Crimes Task Force, Jennings and Penner were arrested and booked into the Seminole County Jail at 5:13 a.m. Wednesday.

Jennings is facing charges of:

  • First Degree Murder
  • Child Abuse by Injury
  • Conspiracy

Penner is facing charges of:

  • Accessory to Murder
  • Child Abuse by Injury
  • Desecration of a Human Corpse

The Seminole Police Department requested help from OSBI with processing both crime scenes. The Medical Examiner’s Office is on scene and assisting with determining cause of death and the identity of the toddler. The ATF is also assisting with the ongoing investigation, according to OSBI.