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Criminal investigation expands in Cordell boy's death in church fight

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.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: September 8, 2012
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— 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.”

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Background

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.

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