Tulsa Woman On Trial For Child Abuse Murder Of 2-Year-Old Boy

Wednesday, October 10th 2018, 12:48 pm
By: News On 6

The trial has begun for a Tulsa woman accused in the death of a 2-year-old boy. Dominick Smith is charged with child abuse murder and child neglect after King Owens died of severe brain injuries. Police say she dropped the boy off at the hospital and left him there.

Keyshawn Brown, the boy’s mother, is also charged with child neglect for leaving her son with Smith and Johnny Jones. Jones has already been convicted in this case. Brown will be tried at a later date.

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Prosecuting and defense attorneys have given their opening statements, giving the jury a road map of the cases they plan to present.

Prosecutors say Smith repeatedly struck the boy with a belt. He had brain hemorrhaging, skull and rib fractures, lung contusions, and multiple bruises and lacerations.

They say Smith failed to get the boy medical attention when he needed it, giving him excessive amounts of NyQuil and Motrin. 

Smith’s attorneys say the bulk of the blame actually lies with Johnny Jones, Smith’s live-in boyfriend. The defense argued that Jones blamed Smith for his actions and lied to police.

Taylor Newcomb is live tweeting from the trial. You can follow her at @TheNewcOn6.