Norman man is charged in death of toddler

Jeremy Robert Howard, 25, of Norman, admitted to throwing a 23-month-old girl in the air and kicking her in the head with a steel-toed boot, according to an affidavit filed Thursday in Cleveland County District Court.
BY JANE GLENN CANNON jcannon@opubco.com Modified: April 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013
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— A Norman man accused of killing a 23-month-old girl admitted to investigators that he threw her in the air and kicked her in the head with a steel-toed boot, according to a court affidavit filed Thursday.

Jeremy Robert Howard, 25, is charged in Cleveland County District Court with first-degree murder in the April 11 death of Kiyla Houser. Howard is being held in the Cleveland County jail in lieu of bail.

According to the affidavit, Howard called 911 about 8:40 p.m. to report the child was unresponsive. Emergency responders took her to Norman Regional Hospital, where she died a short time later.

Investigators said Howard, who lives with the child's mother at 1917 Twisted Oak Drive, Apt. C, was alone with the girl when the injuries occurred.

Kiyla Houser arrived at the hospital with multiple injuries, including a head injury and blood in her stomach, the affidavit states. She also had a cast on one leg from a break suffered about a month before her death.

Howard initially told officers several versions of how the child's injuries occurred, but the stories were inconsistent with the girl's injuries, the affidavit states.

The defendant subsequently admitted to throwing the girl in the air, kicking her in the head with his steel-toed boot and then throwing her facedown in a corner of a couch, the affidavit states.

According to the court document, Howard did not check on the girl's welfare for about 30 minutes, at which time he found her unresponsive.

The affidavit states Howard told investigators he tried to revive the girl by pouring water down her throat, then tried to call the girl's mother before finally calling 911.


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