NORMAN, Okla. - A 22-year-old man is facing a murder charge after police claim he injured an infant during a football game.
On Dec. 7, paramedics and police rushed to a home in the 200 block of Willoway in Norman after receiving a report of an unresponsive child, a baby boy who was not quite 6-months-old.
Capt. Tom Easley, with the Norman Police Department, said, "There was evidence at that time of bruising to the head and to the face."
The baby, only identified as J.B. in court documents, was rushed to Norman Regional Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
An autopsy revealed he had bruising on the right side of his head and at the base of his skull, along with a subdural hematoma on his brain, basically bleeding inside his tiny head.
Jimmy Shannon, the suspect's next-door neighbor, said, "He obviously caused a lot of trauma to that poor, innocent child that he's going to have to answer for."
Shannon says the couple who live at the Norman duplex took in their nephew, Tre'viance Walker, his girlfriend and his girlfriend's baby about a month ago.
He says Walker was alone with the infant for about an hour that afternoon.
Walker initially claimed he had no physical contact with the child.
However, the arrest affidavit revealed he later admitted, "He was watching the OU/OSU football game when J.B. began to cry."
He told the detective, "He picked up J.B. with enough force to cause his neck to snap back . He held J.B. tightly against his chest, gripping the back of J.B.'s head with his hand and dropped J.B. back into his playpen approximately two feet from the bottom."
Shannon said, "I think it's disgusting. I think it's disgusting and it makes me sick to my stomach."
Walker was arrested near Lawton on Sunday on a charge of first-degree murder.
He was not the baby's father.
Donations are being accepted at Shannon's store, Vapour Kingdom in Norman, to help the family with funeral arrangements for the baby boy.