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December 17, 2013

Man charged with murder

NORMAN — A Norman man was charged Friday with the murder of an infant after an incident involving alleged child abuse.

Treviance Markese Walker, 22, was charged with first-degree murder child abuse in Cleveland County District Court. Police were responding to a report of an unresponsive child Dec. 7 at 426 Willoway Drive when they found an infant with trauma to his face and head, according to the affidavit for an arrest warrant filed with the charge.

The infant, almost 6 months old at the time, then was transported to Norman Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Interviews that night revealed that the child was left alone with Walker from about 1:35 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., but Walker denied having any physical contact during that time period, the affidavit said.

When an autopsy was conducted on the child at the medical examiner’s office Dec. 9, a Norman police forensic technician attended the autopsy to obtain more information about the injuries.

The technician reported that in addition to the bruising on the face and forehead of the child, he also had bruising on the right side of his head and at the base of his skull, the document said.

Walker was interviewed again Dec. 11 by a Norman police detective at Walker’s residence inside the detective’s vehicle. The interview was non-custodial, the arrest warrant said.

During the interview, Walker admitted that he initially lied about his contact with the child during the time he was left alone with him.

Walker said he was watching the OU-OSU football game when the child began to cry and that he picked the child up with enough force to cause his neck to “snap back,” the affidavit said.

Walker further stated that he held the child tightly against his chest, gripping the back of the child’s head with his hand. He then said he “dropped” the child back in his playpen, approximately two feet from the bottom of the playpen, the document said.

As of Monday afternoon, Walker had not been booked into Cleveland County Jail, said Meghan McCormick, public information officer for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.

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