Dying Too Young: Ryan Weeks

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm •  Published: March 26, 2009

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Name: Ryan Weeks

Age: 3

Place of residence: Elk City

Died: Nov. 6

What happened: Ryan was beaten to death in his home, allegedly by Rocky Moore, his mother's boyfriend. Moore, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with Ryan's death. Ryan spent his entire life in a home plagued by drug abuse and domestic violence, according to a report by the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. He was placed in state custody several times before being returned to his mother a few months before his death.

Other: Ryan's former foster mother said she begged authorities not to let him go back to his mother and Moore. She described the boy as loving and sweet.

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