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Infant now in protective custody

Probation for Afton couple charged with child abuse of 36 day old

Nickole Patterson Nickole Patterson
Christopher Tatroe Christopher Tatroe

October 22, 2012:  An Afton man accused of beating his one-month son is sentenced to serve a 10 year supervised probation.

Court records show Christopher Tatroe, 21, waived his right to a preliminary trial and plead guilty to child abuse.

The charges stem from an incident in April when Delaware County authorities responded to a Tulsa hospital where the suspects' 36 day old child was admitted for broken bones and a bruise to the forehead.

The mother, Nickole Patterson, plead guilty to child abuse in September and was sentenced to eight years of supervised probation.

August 8, 2012:  Authorities say Christopher Tatroe and Nickole Patterson of Afton, Oklahoma were arrested today on child abuse charges following interviews of friends, family and medical experts.

The charges stem from an incident on April 27 when Delaware County authorities responded to a Tulsa hospital where the suspects 36 day old child was admitted for broken bones and a bruised forehead.

Court documents show the parents told law enforcement a few weeks before the hospital visit they had been at a friends house asleep when they heard the infant screaming "bloody murder".  The mother told authorities she saw a friend holding the infant at arms length.

The parents also told law enforcement that two weeks before the hospital visit the infant had fallen off of a couch.

The parents told law enforcement they did not take the infant to the hospital after either incident.

The infant had a buckle fracture to his right wrist and a fracture to the right femur according to medical reports from Children's Hospital at St. Francis in Tulsa.

Medical experts told law enforcement that there was no way the injuries treated were accidental and they believed there is a concern for child abuse.

The baby is now in protective custody.

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