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Dying Too Young: Declan Stewart

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm •  Published: March 26, 2009
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Name: Declan Stewart

Age: 5

Place of residence: Edmond

Died: Aug. 12, 2007

What happened: Declan suffered massive brain injuries and other internal damage at his home and died the next day. His mother's boyfriend, Marcus Clancy, 31, is charged with first-degree murder. A trial is set for June. The boyfriend told police the boy fell and banged his head on a bed rail while climbing in a closet. His mother, Janet Stewart, said she was away shopping when Declan was injured.

Other: Declan had been taken away from his mother in January 2006 because of abuse and neglect allegations. He stayed with an aunt for more than a year. A judge allowed Declan to reunite with his mother in July 2007 after she completed a treatment plan. The aunt said she warned a Department of Human Services worker the mother wasn't ready.

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