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Oklahoma City man accused of shooting son with a BB gun.
Published: July 17, 2013

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Father held

In BB shooting

An Oklahoma City man is accused of shooting his 14-year-old son in the foot with a BB gun is being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail, officials said Tuesday. Kevin Dean Baldwin, 37, was arrested Monday on complaints of assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse in the presence of a minor, jail officials said. Police were called about 9:45 p.m. Friday to Integris Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon where the teen's mother told the officer the boy's father intentionally shot him with a BB gun. She told the officer the shooter said, “I just shot your son in the foot. Gotta learn a lesson,” according to the police report. The teen told the officer he was reloading his BB gun when he accidentally pointed the gun at his friend. Baldwin took the gun away from the boy and asked if he knew how badly it would hurt to get shot. Baldwin pumped the gun and intentionally discharged it onto the top of the boy's foot, according to the report.


Court upholds life sentence

An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a 25-year-old former jailer convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old child. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Tuesday in the case of former Washington County jailer Joshua Robert Benton. Benton was convicted in 2012 of the death of Christian Norris. Benton was charged after officers found the boy unresponsive and not breathing Dec. 7, 2010. The state medical examiner says the child died from complications of a fracture in his lower back due to blunt force trauma. Benton claims he was holding the boy when he began to flail in his arms. Prosecutors say the boy was pushed so hard that he suffered the fatal fracture.

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