WEATHERFORD — An unlicensed home day care operator was charged with first-degree murder after admitting to police she violently threw a 10-month-old boy under her care into a playpen, according to court records.
Lindsay Pope told police she had felt sick and could not stop the baby from crying when she threw him. The pregnant 25-year-old also admitted she initially concealed a bloody playpen from police.
Pope was charged Friday in Custer County District Court with first-degree murder in the death of Luke O'Daniel. She is in the county jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
The home at 400 N Daniel St. was not yet licensed but was allowed to operate under state Department of Human Services rules.
About 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, Pope called police saying Luke was not breathing, according to a probable cause affidavit signed Friday by Weatherford police detective Sgt. Daniel Evans.
Luke was taken to the Weatherford Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"Anytime a child is involved with a crime it makes it tough on everybody,” District Attorney Dennis Smith said.
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