- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa County jury has recommended a couple accused of child neglect in the 2016 death of a 2-year-old child to serve 30 years in prison.

On Monday, the jury acquitted 31-year-old Branden Taylor on a child abuse murder charge and found the toddler’s mother, 26-year-old Tina Morgan, not guilty of permitting child abuse. But both defendants remain in prison for child-neglect convictions.

Oklahoma State Medical Examiner Dr. Andrea Wiens testified in court last week that the child died due to blunt force trauma.

Assistant District Attorney Sarah McAmis said evidence shows Morgan and Taylor violated their duties as the child’s caretakers. McAmis alleged the defendants didn’t notice the child was dead until nearly 24 hours after he was injured.

Both are scheduled for sentencing May 30.


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