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Dying Too Young: Dezarae Jordan Willeford

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm •  Published: March 26, 2009
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Name: Dezarae Jordan Willeford

Age: 18 months

Place of residence: Elk City

Died: July 8, 2008

What happened: She died of severe blunt force head trauma. The mother's live-in boyfriend, Andy David Creswell, 25, was charged with first-degree murder. Police said he slapped the girl on both sides of her face several times when she wouldn't go to sleep. The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth reported Dezarae's mother was hospitalized and had left the girl with Creswell.

Other: Creswell has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

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