Edmond police won't provide report about March homicide of baby boy

Edmond police have refused since March to release information about a baby's homicide, despite a state law requiring release of such details. Now a statewide group has asked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to get involved.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 27, 2011
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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 911 calls. Chu contends the Open Records Act does not require police to release information it deems may jeopardize the investigation.

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