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Del City mother pleads guilty in infant's death

Jennifer Respicio, 14, is accused of causing the injuries that killed her 7-month-old son.
by Tim Willert Modified: August 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm •  Published: August 9, 2013

A Del City teenager accused of fatally injuring her infant son in a fit of rage pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday and was sentenced to 20 years in juvenile custody.

Jennifer Marie Respicio, 14, was sentenced as a youthful offender and could be released from the custody of the office of juvenile affairs in two years if she completes a court-ordered rehabilitation plan, prosecutors said.

Respicio, though, could be transferred to prison to serve her 20-year sentence if she is noncompliant.

Prosecutors agreed to amend the charge against Respicio from first-degree murder to second-degree murder in exchange for her guilty plea.

She admitted causing the injuries that killed 7-month-old Jaidyn Respicio.

“On April 21, 2013, I placed Jaidyn Respicio in the crib with unreasonable force, which injured him,” Respicio said in court documents filed Friday. “I did not know about his injuries, but those injuries led to his death.”

Jaidyn's death was ruled a homicide. He died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen and chest. The baby was taken to OU Medical Center about 6:50 a.m. April 21 and died about an hour later.

The infant's injuries included several broken ribs and a lacerated liver, according to testimony from his mother's preliminary hearing.

Respicio told police she lost her temper and threw the baby into his crib.

Her ex-boyfriend testified last month that she often lost her temper when the baby cried, and demonstrated for the court how she picked up the infant by his rib cage with both hands and threw him toward his crib.

The child hit the sides of the wooden enclosure before landing on the mattress, the ex-boyfriend said.

by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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