Del City teen mom arrested for son’s murder
DEL CITY, Okla. – A 14-year-old Del City girl was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint Sunday in connection with the death of her 7-month-old son, according to police.
Jennifer Respicio was booked into the Oklahoma County jail, accused of killing her infant son, Jaiden Respicio.
“Makes you appreciate your children a whole lot,” Del City Police Lt. Brian Wofford said Monday.
He said police got a call just before 7 a.m. Sunday regarding an unresponsive child in the 4700 block of S.E. 18th St. in Del City.
In less than an hour, Jaiden was pronounced dead at Children’s Hospital.
“The doctor examining the child determined that it appeared to be a child abuse case and notified our police department,” Wofford said.
He said doctors determined the child died of blunt force trauma, however the official cause and manner of death from the State Medical Examiner’s office is still pending.
Wofford said the teenage mom allegedly threw her son against a crib.
“The child was obviously struck by something hard in the stomach area,” he said. “Basically, she was angry at the time and that anger led to those injuries.”
One neighbor with a small child of her own said she understands the frustrations of being a young mom but said violence would never cross her mind.
“That’s when you walk away,” Sarah Blake said. “You don’t take the anger out on them. You cool off and then you come back to it.”
Wofford said Respicio lived with her mother and sister at the home where the abuse allegedly took place.
No one answered the door Monday afternoon.
Wofford said a 15-year-old boyfriend was staying there as well but he is not the father of the child and is not believed to have been involved in the death.