EDMOND — From the beginning, Edmond police have refused to make public basic information about a baby's homicide, despite a state law requiring release of such details.
Oklahoma's Open Records Act states “law enforcement agencies shall make available for public inspection ... initial offense report information showing the offense, date, time, general location, officer and a brief summary of what occurred.”
Edmond police did notify the news media in March that a 9-month-old baby boy died at a hospital a day after his baby sitter discovered he was not breathing 30 minutes after putting him down to nap.
The police did not release the baby's name, the parents' names, the sitter's name or any addresses.
“As with any death under investigation I will not be releasing the report until the investigation is concluded or the Detective Division releases information,” police spokeswoman Glynda Chu wrote in a March 10 email.
Police refused again this month to release the initial report or a recording of
The Oklahoman obtained the incident report involving Jacob “Jake” Hedger and the recording of his baby sitter's 911 calls from other sources.
Edmond police also refused recently to release the incident report concerning an assistant fire chief accused of pointing a toy gun at another firefighter. Police said the matter is still under investigation.
A state advocacy group, Freedom of Information Oklahoma Inc., complained Monday to Attorney General Scott Pruitt that some police departments are refusing to provide incident reports.
The group specifically complained about Edmond police's refusal to release the assistant fire chief report. The group said the “reasoning is at odds with the Oklahoma Open Records Act, which clearly distinguishes between incident reports and investigatory files.”
FOI Oklahoma Inc. asked the attorney general to notify police departments that incident report information must be released when requested.
The group also asked Pruitt to ask district