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Oklahoma City Police release more information on death of 2-month-old who died while in foster care

OKLAHOMA CITY – Police are releasing more information on the death of a 2-month-old baby boy who died while in foster care.

EMSA was called to the 1000 block of N.W. 89th on Oct. 8th after 2-month-old Jacob Thomas was reportedly found not breathing.

Jacob was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but passed away a few days later.

Jacob Thomas was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after he was found unresponsive. (Photo provided by family.)

Hospital staff told police that the infant appeared to have injuries consistent with signs of child abuse.

According to the police report, doctors said the baby’s injuries are consistent with injuries from a shaken baby.

Investigators believe the baby’s foster father, 24-year-old Austin Davis, is responsible for the abuse.

Austin Davis, Oklahoma County Jail

Initially, Davis was arrested for child abuse; however, now, police say his charge will be amended to first-degree murder.

Authorities say the infant had been in the foster home for about 24 hours when the abuse occurred.

The child was in DHS custody before going to the Indian Child Welfare program for the Choctaw Nation.

DHS says if a child has any tribal blood, he or she must be given to that tribe’s welfare program due to the Indian Child Welfare Act.