Dying Too Young: Christopher Barnard

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm •  Published: March 26, 2009

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Name: Christopher Barnard

Age: 4

Place of residence: Claremore

Died: April 28, 2008

What happened: Christopher died after his stepfather punched him twice in the stomach for soiling his pants. The stepfather, Steven W. Lockler Jr., 28, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Christopher's mother, Roxann Barnard, 27, went to prison for a 30-year term for enabling child abuse.

Other: The Department of Human Services repeatedly investigated allegations the boy was being abused but never put him in foster care.

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