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Murdered baby’s mother defends suspect

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sarah Brines is spending this Christmas planning her 5-month-old baby’s funeral.

Jordan died on Dec. 7 after she discovered him unresponsive in his playpen.

Brines said, “I got off work at 2:30 and me and Tre went to Wal-Mart and came home and lay down and watched T.V.  And then got up to get something to eat, like an hour and a half later, and that’s when I found him.”

Brines tried to wake her baby up, but couldn’t.

She called 911 and an ambulance rushed him to the hospital.

Brines said, “I sat there for a good 30 minutes and then they came and told me that they tried everything they could, but he was dead.”

Police arrested 22-year-old Treviance Walker for first-degree murder in Jordan’s death.

Brines and her baby had been living in Norman with Walker’s aunt and uncle.

According to the arrest affidavit, Walker admitted to detectives that “he picked up (Jordan) with enough force to cause his neck to snap back.”

“That he held (Jordan) tightly against his chest, gripping the back of (Jordan’s) head with his hand and then dropped (Jordan) back into his playpen approximately two feet from the bottom.”

Brines said, “I don’t believe he would do something like that. I mean he loved Jordan. Jordan loved him. Jordan would smile every time he’d get off work and see him. Jordan would smile at him and he would smile at Jordan.”

Brines says she has no alternative explanation for what happened to Jordan, although she says some people have told her his injuries could be consistent with someone giving him CPR.

Brines said, “We just don’t know right now. We’re just waiting for the medical examiner.”

She is now looking for a new place to live.

Walker’s aunt and uncle were evicted from their rent house after Jordan’s death.

She’ll spend Christmas planning her baby’s funeral.

She said, “He was a very happy baby. He loved to play. He was always smiling.”

Neither Brines nor Walker’s aunt and uncle have been named as suspects in Jordan’s death.

But Brines says they are not speaking with detectives any more and have hired their own attorney.