An Eucha man has been bound over for trial accused in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old child.
Roger L. Dry, 35, of Eucha, appeared in district court Wednesday morning before Special Judge Alicia Littlefield to hear testimony from Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation Agent Steve Nutter and Dr. Joshua Lanter, medical examiner with the Chief Medical Examiners office in Tulsa.
Nutter testified that on Sept. 1, 2009, Dry admitted to shaking and slapping the child while in his care to
stop her from crying.
When the child vomited on him, he shook her again and he claims the child quieted down.
He went to take a shower and while he was in the restroom he heard the girls mother, Mary Barleston, yell and scream. Dr. Lanter testified to the Sept. 3 autopsy performed on the child, going into detail in regard to bruising and abrasions on the body of the victim.
Dr. Lanter testified that some of the injuries to the body were sustained from manipulation by emergency personnel, both at the scene and in the hospital.
The result of the autopsy determined that the cause of death was blunt head trauma and was not accidental, ruling it a homicide, according to Dr. Lanter’s findings.
Emergency services received a call on Aug. 31, 2009, from the child’s mother that her daughter was not breathing at the family’s home in Kansas.
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