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October 14, 2009

<font color="red">NEW VIDEO:</font> Police arrest Edmond man in death of 2-year-old

EDMOND — A 24-year-old Edmond man is being held without bond in Oklahoma County jail in the alleged murder of a 2-year-old boy.







Edmond Police spokeswoman Glynda Chu said at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday officers were working a vandalism call at the Rolling Green Apartments, 400 E. Danforth Road, when a couple approached them.

The couple told police that their child was in distress, having problems, Chu said. The officers looked at Jolen Babakhani, 2, noticed bruising and immediately knew that the situation was serious, she said. They began performing CPR, and after EMSA and the Edmond Fire Department arrived they were able to get a pulse.

The boy was taken to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, where he was put on life support.

Edmond Lt. Tom Custer said the boy was taken off life support Wednesday afternoon and pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m. due to the injuries that he suffered.

Custer said after the boy died the complaint against Rico Antwoine Berry, 24, of Edmond, was amended to felony murder. That was in response to the victim dying in the commission of a felony, which in this incident was child abuse, he said.

Berry was arrested Tuesday night after the completion of some police interviews at the police station, Custer said. Police believed they had probable cause and arrested him on the child abuse complaint, Custer said. The mother, Sara Babakhani, is not a suspect at this time, and there are no other persons of interest, he said.

Berry later was transported to the Oklahoma County Jail, where he was being held without bond. Custer said charges had not yet been filed by the district attorney’s office. Police are still working with Berry, he said.

Custer said during questioning before the arrest, Berry gave police several different stories. Basically, Berry said he had “laid hands on the child” and claimed he was not aware that the child was injured, Custer said.

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