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Fort Sill soldier charged with second-degree murder of baby

Lawton_A Fort Sill soldier stands accused of murdering his 22-month old baby.  Police say it happened earlier this month, but the newly released medical examiner's report led to the father's arrest on Thursday.

Lawton detectives say that the father called 911 on October 6, and reported that his infant son was ill.  However, doctors at the hospital told investigators it was much worse.  After examining 22-month-old Vincent Johnson, the medical staff at Comanche County Memorial Hospital told police that the child needed to be flown to an Oklahoma City hospital for additional treatment.

The child was flown to Oklahoma that Friday, and police say the baby died the following Monday.  Detectives began investigating the death of the boy, and interviewed his father, 22-year-old Fort Sill soldier Michael Jeffries and the child's stepmother.  Detectives say that Jeffries told them he did not know what happened to his son. 

Investigators waited for the autopsy and were told by the medical examiner's office in Oklahoma City that the injuries that the child had sustained were consistent with shaken baby syndrome.  Lawton Police Captain Will Hines says the detectives then obtained an arrest warrant for Michael Jeffries, and prosecutors filed a second-degree murder charge against him.

Since Jeffries is an active duty soldier at Fort Sill, police say the Fort Sill Criminal Investigation Division took him into custody.  Jeffries is originally from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro area, and is being held in the Comanche County Detention Center.  He is expected to be arraigned on Friday.

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