Man accused of murder in 5-month-old's death arrested in Lawton

Norman man accused of murder in 5-month-old's death arrested in Lawton

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Tre'viance Markese Walker, seen here in his Comanche County Detention Center photo, was wanted for murder of a 6-month-old in Norman. Tre'viance Markese Walker, seen here in his Comanche County Detention Center photo, was wanted for murder of a 6-month-old in Norman.
NORMAN -

A man Norman Police say killed a 5-month-old while he watched the OU-OSU football game is now in custody in the Cleveland County Jail.

An arrest warrant was issued for 22-year-old Tre'viance Markese Walker Friday. Police say the child died in Walker's care while he watched the Bedlam football game.

Neighbor Jimmy Shannon says Walker, his girlfriend and his girlfriend's baby were living with Walker's aunt and uncle. While everyone else was out running errands, Shannon says Walker was supposed to take care of the baby, but he was upset with OU's win and lashed out at the crying baby.

"The baby wouldn't stop crying so he went allegedly and picked up the baby with such force as to snap the baby's neck," Shannon said. Shannon went on to say that his neighbors told him Walker lost $200 because of the Bedlam game and that's why he lashed out.

Shannon says after everyone got home they found the baby unresponsive and called police.

Police responded to the home in the 200 block of Willoway around 6:00 PM. The 6-month-old boy was taken to a local hospital where he later died. According to the affidavit filed in Cleveland County, the boy had trauma to his face and head and blood in his right ear.

The report states Walker had the boy in his care starting at 1:35 PM until 2:30 PM. Walker initially claimed to have not touched the boy during that time.

On December 9, an autopsy was performed where they reported also finding bruising on the right side of his head and at the base of his skull and a subdural hematoma on his brain. Hematomas are typically the result of a serious head injury.

"The injury, considering the child was less than 6 months of age, is indicative of either a shaking or jerking motion or a dropping motion," said Capt. Tom Easley from the Norman Police Department.

Two days later, detectives talked to Walker at his home where they say he admitted to lying about his contact with the boy. Besides shaking the baby, he also reportedly said he held him tightly against his chest, gripping the back of his head with his hand, before dropping him about two feet to the bottom of the playpen.

"It's heart wrenching. It's disgusting, and it just makes me sick to my stomach," said Shannon.

As of Monday the District Attorney's office says charges against Walker weren't yet filed, but the arrest warrant was for murder in the first degree.

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