Jury finds Tulsa woman not guilty of child abuse murder

TULSA, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • A woman dropped off a 2-year-old with traumatic head injuries at Hillcrest on March 20, 2017.
  • The child went to St. Francis; he died late on a March 21, 2017.
  • The woman turned herself in, identified as Dominick Smith; She faced child abuse murder charges. However, the jury found her not guilty in October 2018. The jury did find Smith guilty of child neglect.
  • The child's mother, Keyshawn Brown and a man named Johnnie Jones are also with police
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Police named three people possibly involved in the death of a Tulsa toddler.

On March 20, 2017, a woman later identified as Dominick Smith dropped off the 2-year-old at Hillcrest Hospital. The toddler had massive head injuries and doctors put him on life support at St. Francis.

He was later identified as King Owen.




Police began searching for Smith, who turned herself in around 7 p.m. after seeing herself on the news.

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Investigators believe she and Johnnie Jones were caring for the child when the abuse happened. %



At 10:30 p.m., police arrested her on child abuse and neglect complaints.

Police arrested the toddler’s mother, Keyshawn Brown, for child neglect. They say she knowingly left her child in an unsafe environment for several days. %



Officers later found Jones, bringing him in for questioning. Police arrested Jones on the morning of March 21.

According to arrest reports, Brown gave her son to Smith and her boyfriend three weeks ago; Smith said Brown did not want him anymore.

Officers say she knew of Smith's boyfriend's arrest history and neglected her son by failing to provide adequate supervision.

Smith said the boy drank sleep medicine around 3 a.m. that Monday and began foaming at the mouth.

She claimed she drove him to the hospital, but didn't go inside at first, fearing arrest.

She returned to her apartment, but the child continued to foam at the mouth and was unresponsive.

She wrapped the child in a blanket and took him to the hospital that afternoon.

Owen died just after 11 p.m. on March 21.

The charges against Smith were upgraded to child abuse murder. She was found not guilty  of that charge by a jury in October 2018. However, the jury did find her guilty of child neglect.