Prosecutors charged teen mother with murder in death of infant son

Jennifer Respicio, 14, told police she lost her temper and threw 7-month-old son into his crib.
by Tim Willert Modified: April 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm •  Published: April 29, 2013

Oklahoma County prosecutors Monday filed a first-degree murder charge against a teenage mother accused of killing her infant son, court records show.

Jennifer Marie Respicio, 14, of Del City, told police she lost her temper and threw the baby into his crib, court records show.

Jaidyn Respicio, 7 months, died of blunt force trauma to his abdomen and chest, according to the state medical examiner's spokeswoman. His death was ruled a homicide.

The baby was taken to OU Medical Center about 6:50 p.m. April 21 and died about 7:55 a.m.

Paramedics found Jaidyn unresponsive, blue in color and unable to hold up his head. A doctor said X-rays showed there was separation to the bowel in the abdominal cavity and in the abdominal space, and that Jaidyn had bruising on his abdomen area due to blunt force trauma, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Del City police interviewed Ammone Myers, 15, who was a witness to the incident. He told police he saw Respicio lose her temper and throw Jaidyn into his crib and the baby's body hit the sides of the crib, according to the document.

Respicio told police she lost her temper after having an argument with a sibling and threw Jaidyn into his crib, the affidavit states.


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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 FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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