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Oklahoma City father facing murder charge after infant’s death ruled a homicide

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City father is charged with murder for the death of his 3-month-old baby boy.

The suspect remains behind bars after the state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and claimed the child showed signs of abuse.

Brandon Ross has been in jail ever since police showed up to his apartment complex on SE 15th street.

Ross told police and neighbors he left his 3-month-old home alone for 30 minutes and when he returned he found the home ransacked and the child dead.

"He thought somebody had broken in the house because the door was completely open," said one neighbor who asked not to be identified.

Yet court records appear to tell a different tale, detailing how the young victim suffered a "brain hemorrhage, optic nerve hemorrhage and multiple rib fractures."

"I can't imagine people doing that stuff to little kids," said the neighbor. "If they're not going to take care of kids, why even make kids or have kids."

"Even without the intent to kill, you're liable for murder," said attorney David McKenzie.

McKenzie says cases of child abuse that result in death don't require the state to prove the suspect intended to kill the child.

"It's a very low burden the state has to meet when a child dies of intentional acts of the caregiver," said McKenzie.

This also isn't the first time Ross has been accused of abusing one of his children.

DOC records show Ross was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for violently shaking a different 2-month-old girl at this apartment complex in Del City.

"It makes me mad because there are people out there that want kids," said the neighbor. "If all he thinks about is himself, why have kids?"

After his previous child abuse conviction, the suspect had actually been released from prison early.

He served 3 years after being sentenced to 4.

He's now being held without bond on this case.

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