Nearly 250 women in Oklahoma are serving prison sentences for killing someone.
They killed spouses, children and strangers. Many will spend the remainder of their lives in prison.
That means 6.64 women per 100,000 of the state's total population are in prison for killing someone. Nationally, that number is 4.07 women per 100,000 of the U.S. population, according to U.S. Department of Justice and 2010 census data.
It could mean Oklahoma has more female killers per capita than other states, or the state simply prosecutes more homicide cases involving female offenders, said Tulsa County prosecutor Doug
About 33 percent of Oklahoma's female prison population is serving time for violent crimes, with murder and manslaughter most common. Child abuse is next with 122 women currently serving sentences for such crimes.
Oklahoma has made national news in recent years for several high-profile cases of child abuse or neglect, which resulted in the death of a child.
In November, police were called to a Bartlesville apartment where Maggie May Trammel, 10 days old, died after going through a washing machine cycle. Her mother, Lyndsey Dawn Fiddler, is charged with child neglect, but additional charges could be filed when the medical examiner's report is complete, authorities said.
In 2008, Vicki Leigh Chiles was convicted in Tulsa County of murdering 2-year-old Joshua Minton by placing duct tape over his mouth and hands at the home day care she operated, obstructing his breathing and causing him to choke on his own vomit.
Chiles originally received a life sentence without the possibility of parole, but last year the State Court of Criminal Appeals modified her sentence to 30 years.
Under the state's 85 percent rule, she must serve about 25 years before becoming eligible for parole, most likely getting credit for time spent in custody since May 2007.
In 2005, Jeannie Henderson was convicted of second-degree manslaughter after her 8-month-old son Christian Marten burned to death while she slept on a nearby couch.
Prosecutors contended that Henderson, deprived of sleep during a weekend methamphetamine binge, “crashed” and couldn't hear her baby screaming or crying after his walker became stuck on a furnace grate and he burned to death.
Henderson stood trial for second-degree murder, but a jury found her guilty of second-degree manslaughter and possession of a controlled drug in the presence of children younger than 12. A judge ordered her to serve two four-year sentences for both felonies and said at the time that anyone who suspects drug crimes are victimless crimes “ought to have to take a look at the picture of your son, who died on that floor furnace.”
Henderson was released on parole in May 2008.