Oklahoma parents arrested after three-week-old infant found dead

SALLISAW, Oklahoma (KFSM) -- Two people were arrested in connection with the death of a three-week-old infant girl Monday (Dec. 18) afternoon, according to Capt. Jeff Murray with Sallisaw Police.

The infant's mother, Bretta Workman, 26, is charged with second-degree murder. The infant's father, Jacob Henning, 31, is charged with Child Neglect, according to Murray.

A release from the Sallisaw Police Department states officers were dispatched to 300 North Cherry Street in reference to an infant who was possibly dead.

Police officers and firemen found the three-week-old infant unresponsive. CPR was administered and the child was transported to Northeastern Health System Sequoyah Hospital where she was pronounced dead, the release states.

Parents in Oklahoma arrested after infant found dead
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Investigators interviewed Workman, Henning, and other occupants inside the home. The release states that both parents were suspected of being under the influence of narcotics.

"It was very apparent that the mother and the father of the child was under the influence of narcotics to the point where they were unable to control body," said Sallisaw Police Captain Jeff Murray.

Police said the parents had been sleeping on a foam mattress with the infant. They said a roommate knocked on their bedroom door and asked where the child was. It was in that moment, investigators said the child was found unresponsive.

The infant's body was sent to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office in Tulsa for an autopsy, according to the release.

"The child has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Officer. We are waiting on their report to see what all has happened to this child," Murray said.

Workman was denied bond by a Sequoyah County judge. Henning's bond has been set at $5,000.


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