CORDELL — The criminal investigation into the death of a 12-year-old boy who died after a fight at a Cordell church has been expanded, a prosecutor said Friday.
District Attorney Dennis Smith said an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation report concerning the death of Lane Madison was delivered to his office about six weeks ago.
“The report produced additional information that wasn't present (at the time of the incident),” Smith said.
Smith said he met with Lane's parents and asked the OSBI to expand its investigation.
Smith said the family of the 13-year-old boy believed to have been involved in the fight has retained a lawyer.
An autopsy report shows Lane died of head and neck injuries due to blunt force trauma. His death was ruled a homicide.
The autopsy report states “his head was up and his head was allegedly slammed down on the padded carpeted concrete floor.” The report also showed “repeat acute and recent contusions on the back of the head.”
Lane had suffered a head injury several days before the incident while wrestling at a school tournament and didn't report any complaints or symptoms, the report states.
His mother, Shantell Madison, could not be reached for comment.
At the time of the incident, she said her son's best friend witnessed the fight and told her the boys were “horsing around,” and it got out of control. The friend said Lane was punched in the face, hit a wall, fell to the floor unconscious, and the other boy jumped on top of him and beat him, the mother said.
In the eight months since Lane's death, numerous messages have been posted on the “In Memory of Lane Madison” Facebook page.
A message posted Wednesday by his mother reads “Bet you were proud of your bubba yesterday … I sure was!!! Love & miss you soo much!!!”
Officials say Lane Madison and a 13-year-old boy got into a fight Jan. 11 at the First Baptist Church in Cordell. Lane's head hit the church basement floor, which had a thin layer of carpet over concrete. Authorities have not identified nor charged the teen.