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Quapaw woman gets 20 years with possibility of parole in death of 17 month old

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Photo from Blue Justice for Lanceton Hollenbeck on Facebook. Photo from Blue Justice for Lanceton Hollenbeck on Facebook.

Updated February 8, 2013:  A judge has taken a jury's recommendation and has sentenced a Quapaw, Oklahoma woman to 20 years in prison with the possibility of parole.

In December a jury found Skye Reece guilty in the death of 17 month old Lanceton Hollenbeck.

Hollenbeck had been taken to a Tulsa hospital in February 2012 for severe brain injuries and later died.

The defense tried to prove 17 month old Lanceton died from falling off a bed.

But prosecutors proved that the injuries Lanceton had were not consistent to a fall from that short distance.

Updated December 20, 2012:  It only took a couple of hours but the jury in the murder trial of a Quapaw, Oklahoma woman are done deliberating.

Skye Reece, 20, is being tried in Ottawa County court for the death of Lanceton Hollenbeck.

Sentencing has not yet been held.  Reece faces up to 20 years in prison with the possibility of parole, but that has yet to be decided.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 17.

The defense tried to prove 17 month old Lanceton died from falling off a bed.

But prosecutors proved that the injuries Lanceton had were not consistent to a fall from that short distance.

This morning both sides presented their final argument before the jury began to deliberate.  Only a few hours later the jury came back with a guilty verdict.

Lanceton was the son of Reece's boyfriend.  The child was in Reece's care before he died of severe head injuries in February.

Ottawa County prosecutor Eddie Wyant tells us it was important to find justice for Lanceton.

"That is a traumatic injury, a violent crime, and it is very important that she be held accountable for that," says Wyant.  "The family is happy.  I have talked to both the mother and the father who were very happy with the verdict, knowing now that her story has not been believed by a jury of her peers here in Ottawa County."

Updated December 19, 2012:  Jurors today watched a two hour taped interrogation of a Quapaw, Oklahoma woman accused of killing a 17 month old child.

Skye Reece is on trial in Ottawa County for the first degree murder of her boyfriend's son.

Lanceton Hollenbeck died of severe head injuries in February, while in Reece's care.

The defense has claimed Reece found the child unconscious after he fell from his bed.

This was day three of the trial.

Updated December 18, 2012:  Day two in the first-degree murder trial of a Quapaw, Oklahoma woman got underway today.

Skye Reece, 20, is charged with murder and child abuse in the February death of 17-month-old Lanceton Hollenbeck.

At the time Reece was living with the father of the child.

Reece has plead not guilty, claiming she found the child unconscious on the floor after he fell off his bed.  The defense is trying to prove that is what happened.

Prosecutors say the baby could not have died from a fall because it doesn't match up with the medical examiners report that ruled Lanceton died from blunt head trauma.

Area residents and members of Bikers Against Child Abuse are attending the trial, saying they are there to support the family and raise awareness against child abuse.

"We're here for the baby, the awareness, everybody needs to know that we are here and we're here for children," says 'Paw', a BACA member.  "That's why we do what we do.  Everybody here loves kids."

Prosecutors are seeking life in prison for Reece.

Updated October 17, 2012:  Nearly eight months after a toddler's death, the autopsy report has been released in the death of a 17 month old Quapaw boy - his death ruled a homicide.

On February 11, Lanceton Hollenbeck was taken to the hospital for severe brain injuries and was taken off of life support the following evening.

Hollenbeck had been staying with Skye Reece, the girlfriend of the child's father, Ryan Nowlin.

Reece told authorities the boy fell out of his bed.  She says she found him on the bedroom floor, not breathing and having seizure-like symptoms.

However, the medical examiner says the child died from blunt force injury to the head, and the injuries are not consistent with a fall.  Bruising was found in multiple areas on Hollenbeck's skull, as well as both ears.

Reece has been charged with first degree murder and has been in custody since February.

Updated February 29, 2012:  After a warrant was issued earlier today in the death of 17 month old Lanceton Hollenbeck of Quapaw, Oklahoma, the suspect turned herself in to authorities.

Skye Reece is charged with first degree murder.  Reece is the girlfriend of Hellene's father, Ryan Nowlin.

The infant was taken to a hospital on February 11 for severe brain injuries.  He was taken off life support the following evening.

Hollenbeck is the son of Ryan Nowlin and Megan Hollenbeck.

Again, Reece turned herself into authorities this afternoon.

She is being held without bond.

Updated February 22, 2012:  The death of 17 month old Lanceton Hollenbeck has been ruled a homicide.  The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation confirmed the state medical examiner's ruling late this evening.

The OSBI says due to the nature of the injuries of the Quapaw, Oklahoma infant, they have been investigating the death as a homicide the entire time.

Hollenbeck was taken to a hospital on February 11 for severe brain injuries.  He was taken off life support the following evening.

The OSBI says they are still investigating and have not named a suspect.

Reported February 13, 2012:  The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a 17 month old baby in northeastern Oklahoma.

Authorities say Lanceton Hollenbeck of Quapaw, Oklahoma was taken to a Tulsa hospital on Saturday for severe brain injuries, believed to have occurred at the child's home.

Hollenbeck was taken off of life support and died at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Today the Ottawa County district attorney asked the OSBI to do the full investigation.

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