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Oklahoma crime briefs, Feb. 13

Oklahoma crime briefs, Feb. 13
Modified: February 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm •  Published: February 13, 2013


Man accused of harming infant boy

A man accused of forcing a rag down an infant's throat was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court with child abuse, records show. Joseph S. Berry, 22, of Oklahoma City, also faces a drug possession charge. He is being held in the Oklahoma County jail with bail set at $52,000, a jailer said. Prosecutors allege Berry shoved a burp rag down the child's throat and damaged the child's pharynx and larynx. The 2-month-old boy was hospitalized Jan. 31 in critical condition with “seizure activity,” according to a probable cause affidavit. The child's mother told police Berry said he put the child to sleep and went out in the garage to smoke a cigarette. When he returned, he said the child had swallowed a corner of the burp rag and was bleeding everywhere, she told police. The woman told police Berry said he yanked the rag out of the child's throat with a pair of pliers, according to the affidavit.


Girl's injuries prompt abuse charges

A man accused of biting his 1-year-old daughter on the cheek is facing a felony child abuse charge, court records show. Jesus A. Escobedo, 22, of Oklahoma City, was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court with child abuse. Escobedo, also known as Ramiro Morales, is accused of assaulting the child Feb. 3 while her mother was at work. According to a probable cause affidavit, the girl had bruises covering her face and two bite marks on her right cheek. She also had bruising on her chest, stomach and buttocks, police reported. The child's mother told police Escobedo — her boyfriend of three years — told her the toddler fell off a chair, an affidavit shows. When Escobedo fell asleep, the woman took his cellphone and called police, the affidavit states. Escobedo was being held Tuesday in the Oklahoma County jail, with bail set at $10,000, a jailer said.


Guard alerts police to shotgun

A man was arrested Monday after a nightclub security officer notified police he had a sawed-off shotgun. Juan Daniel Castillo, 29, was arrested on complaints of auto burglary, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, Oklahoma City police said. Police arrived about midnight at a church parking lot, 5808 NW 23, used as overflow parking for the OK Corral. Castillo had been detained by a security guard when police arrived, according to the incident report. Police said they found the shotgun, a pipe and stolen property. Castillo was taken to the Oklahoma County jail. His bail was set at $12,000.

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