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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.
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.