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Oklahoma City man accused of abusing baby girl says he 'lost control'

Charles Dearman, 25, of Oklahoma City, told police he shook 9-month-old “two times in a rough manner.” The girl is expected to survive skull fracture, other injuries.
by Tim Willert Modified: July 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm •  Published: July 3, 2012

An Oklahoma City man remained in custody Monday, accused of abusing a 9-month-old girl left in his care.

Charles Dearman, 25, was arrested June 27 on a child abuse complaint. He told police he “lost control for a minute” and shook the girl “two times in a rough manner” while telling her to be quiet, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court.

Dearman said the girl then “kind of went limp,” adding that he took her into the kitchen and placed her on a dresser that he and the girl's mother use for a changing table. The girl went limp and fell to the floor, police reported.

The girl was taken to Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center where she was treated for a skull fracture, retinal hemorrhaging, bleeding on the brain and bruising along the side of her head, according to the affidavit.

The girl is recovering from her injuries and is expected to survive, police said Monday.

Doctors said the girl's injuries were consistent with nonaccidental trauma and child abuse, police reported.

Dearman told police the girl's mother was at work and he was home alone with her when she started crying in her crib. He was being held Monday in the Oklahoma County jail, with bail set at $20,000, records show. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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