A mother was in jail Tuesday, accused of starving her infant son to death in a roach-infested house in Oklahoma City.
Angela D. Burk, 20, walked into the Oklahoma County jail Tuesday afternoon and surrendered, police said.
She listed her address as 4109 W Main St. in Norman, jail records showed.
She was held without bail late Tuesday.
Her parents, Estel Ray Sexton, 48, and Catherine E. Sexton, 41, were arrested by police about 10:45 a.m. at 3317 S Robinson Ave., Apt. 19, and jailed without bail.
All three are accused in a first- degree murder charge of starving Nathan Adam Burk. He was 3 months old when he died Aug. 24.
They also are accused of neglecting his brother, Zachary Burk, now 2. He is in foster care.
The mother, who also is identified in public records as Anglea Burk, called 911 after Nathan stopped breathing early Aug. 24, records showed.
"Yesterday I went to my room and got him, and he looked like he was starting to dehydrate," she said in tears.
"And he had sores that come up all over him. And I was afraid to take him to the emergency room because I was afraid they'd take him from me."
An autopsy found Nathan had little food in his body and no body fat. Doctors concluded the sores were roach bites.
His mother lived with her parents at 600 SE 35. Police said roaches were crawling all over the walls, furniture and floors and the water had been cut off for three months.
The house was condemned after the boy's death.
"It was pretty bad," a neighbor, Gene Copley, said. "It's been bad for as long as I've known them - 10 to 12 years. It was just their house cleaning."
Copley is friends with Nathan's and Zachary's father, John Shafer, 26. He had moved out of the house before the death and talked of seeking custody of his sons.
Shafer, who is listed as a prosecution witness, has a history of arrests. He pleaded guilty to a 1996 larceny charge.
Police were upset Burk and her parents learned Monday night of the charge before they could be arrested. They did not flee, however.
"Luckily they didn't since they were already contacted by the media," Oklahoma City police Capt. Charles Allen said.
In an interview Monday night with The Oklahoman , the mother and grandmother denied starving Nathan.
They told police he suffered from a fever the night before his death. They said he ate and drank formula and sugar water.
Ray and Catherine Sexton went bankrupt in 1986 and have had other financial problems in the 1990s, according to court records.Archive ID: 789779