WARR ACRES, Okla. (KFOR) – Two people are facing charges after a 5-month-old child died earlier this year from injuries sustained at a Warr Acres in-home daycare, police say.
On February 21, Warr Acres police were called to Kelly’s Kids, 7204 N. Norman Road, which was operated and owned by Kelly Knipfer, in reference to an unresponsive child.
The child was taken to the hospital that day but died on February 27 “as a result of injuries sustained in this home,” according to Warr Acres police.
An autopsy report from the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office states that the 5-month-old child died from “abusive head trauma,” and his manner of death was listed as homicide.
A daycare worker told police the baby was acting strangely the day before he was hospitalized but according to court documents, surveillance video shows the baby dropped off at the daycare “does not appear to be injured or in medical distress.”
During the investigation, police discovered video that shows Knipfer’s boyfriend, Ethan Lee allegedly attack a different child. Court documents state, Lee “in a violent manner, slams his head into the tray table of the high chair,” and that “Kelly Knipfer can be seen watching as this incident happens and does nothing to stop it.”
Police also discovered text messages between the couple showing they were allegedly working to forge an updated CPR card for one of their employees so that employee can continue working.
After the allegations arose, DHS put the couple’s three children in the care of family. However, they allegedly tried to take them back, and in a different case, both were charged with two counts of child stealing, and Lee was charged with burglary.
Numerous allegations of non-compliance cited by Oklahoma Department of Health Services Child Welfare Services spanning back to July 2018 resulted in the revocation of Knipfer’s daycare in December 2018. She appealed the decision but it was denied in April.
They were both taken into custody on Tuesday at their residence.
Knipfer is charged with first-degree murder, failure to report abuse or neglect of a child under 18 and obtaining property by trick or deception. Lee has been charged with child abuse, possession of child pornography and obtaining property by trick or deception.