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Crime/Courts

April 19, 2013

Man charged with child’s murder

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NORMAN —

Mashburn said it is undetermined if any other parties will be charged with Kiyla’s death.

This is not the first time Mashburn has had to prosecute a child abuse murder case, he said.

“It tends to be a boyfriend to the mom or someone outside, a family member. Other times it’s not, but that seems to be the case more often than that,”he said. “Obviously, it’s a very unfortunate situation for those children who can’t defend themselves to be ... abused like that.”

To those suspicious a child is being abused, Mashburn advised acting quickly.

“You always have to call the police. It’s not just should you, you have the duty to. If you suspect it, call the police,” he said. “Officers are well trained, they know what to look for and they can refer to DHS or other services to come step in. If the child is being abused, they can step in and get the child to a safer environment.”

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