NORMAN — The death of a 6-month-old baby boy has been ruled a homicide, officials say.
Tre-viance Markese Walker, 22, of Norman, is being held in the Cleveland County jail on a first-degree murder complaint in the death of a baby identified only as “J.B.”
Police Capt. Tom Easley said an investigation into the Dec. 7 death of J.B. is ongoing, although Walker is expected to be charged and the baby's name released later this week.
A request for a warrant to arrest Walker was filed Friday in Cleveland County District Court, along with a “probable cause” affidavit, Easley said.
According to the affidavit, the baby suffered fatal head injuries while in Walker's care at 246 Willoway Drive.
The baby had bruises on his forehead, cheek, nose and base of his skull, as well as blood coming out of one ear, the affidavit says. An autopsy also showed a subdural hematoma on the baby's brain, the affidavit says.
According to the affidavit, Walker told police the baby started crying while he was watching the University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma State football game on television. Walker said he picked the baby up hard enough to make his head “snap back,” then dropped the baby back into the play pen from a height of about 2 feet.
Police said Walker called them about 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 to say the baby was “unresponsive.” J.B. died at a nearby hospital a few hours later.
Walker initially denied hurting the baby, but in an interview Dec. 11 he admitted that he had lied, Easley said.