Oklahoma court upholds woman’s conviction in son’s death

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday upheld the murder and child neglect convictions of a woman for the death of her 8-month-old son and neglect of her 16-month-old daughter.

The court rejected appeals by Ruth Ann Lewis, 25, of Tulsa, who was sentenced to life in prison for the child’s death plus 13 years for neglect of both her son and daughter.

The son, identified only as Z.M., died in May 2016 of what an autopsy report said was blunt force trauma to the head.

Lewis’ attorney did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

The appeals court turned down Lewis’ claims that a statement she made to police should be suppressed, that the jury received improper instructions, and that the three sentences should not be consecutive.

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