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An ugly snapshot of Oklahoma

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm •  Published: April 25, 2013

The recent death of a 7-month-old boy in Del City has a storyline that, sadly, is all too familiar in Oklahoma.

The boy had been badly beaten, with bruising to his abdominal area. X-rays showed separation to the bowel in the abdominal cavity. Paramedics said when they arrived to transport him to the hospital, the infant’s limbs had turned blue and he couldn’t lift his head.

Now facing a homicide complaint is the boy’s mother, who is 14 years old. The father? He’s 15. The girl told police she lost her temper and threw the baby into his crib.

Oklahoma’s high rates of teen pregnancies and unwed mothers contribute to any number of other social ills. This is an example of that to the nth degree.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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