Foster parent in jail following infant's death

Published: Apr. 18, 2016 at 11:15 PM CDT
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FLETCHER, Okla._A Fletcher woman is in jail following an infant's death Sunday night that is currently being investigated as a homicide.

County investigators say they were called to the Elgin Fire Department Sunday night where the baby was taken, shortly after the suspect's husband found the boy unconscious inside their Fletcher home.

The suspect and victim's names have not yet been released, but we do know the woman was the baby's foster parent.

Sheriff Kenny Stradley says the husband of the suspect found the baby unconscious at their home in Fletcher and rushed the infant to the Elgin Fire Department, where first responders tried to resuscitate him.

"The baby was not breathing and they were trying, and they got a little bit of the baby breathing and went ahead and took it on to the hospital. They worked on it quite a while up there," said Sheriff Stradley.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the fire station and questioned the husband about what happened.

"He just made the statement that, 'my wife had hurt the baby'," said Sheriff Stradley.

The baby later died in the ER at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. The Comanche County Sheriff's Department is now waiting on the exact cause of death from the medical examiner, but his injuries were suspicious.

"It looks like the baby was hit several times in the head. Possibly with a fist," said Sheriff Stradley.

The two were foster parents for the victim and his 7-month-old baby brother. That boy is now in DHS care, and Sheriff Stradley says the brother had no signs of injury. He says a child's death is always difficult to investigate, and will do everything in their power to seek the truth.

"This child can't speak for itself, it can't do anything because it was two-years-old. So, we try to make sure everything is done right, investigation is done right and nothing else for that child that we did it right and justice will prevail," said Sheriff Stradley.

The sheriff says his investigators were at the woman's home until around 5:00 a.m. Monday collecting evidence. They do not expect to present a case to the District Attorney for a day or two.