The death of a three-year-old child in Duncan has been ruled as a “homicide by blunt force trauma,” according to the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

Police records show around 10:49 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, a 911 call came in about that same three-year-old child not breathing at Elm Terrace Apartments, located in the 200 block of east Elm Street in Duncan. 

Reports show when officers and medical responders arrived to the scene, “a young boy was transported to Duncan Regional Hospital for treatment and then airlifted to OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center’s Trauma center.”

City documents state police considered injuries to the child as “questionable and inconsistent” with the reported accident. As a result, officers interviewed Ryan Towell, identified as the boyfriend of the mother to the child.

“Towell advised he had pushed the child down,” documents state, “at which time the child struck his head.”

The mother, reports show, told officers the child became sick and threw up. When the 911 call came in from the home, the child was not breathing, according to information from the city.

Duncan Police then took Towell into custody on Monday. At that time, charges pended. 

The medical examiner released the child “expired” at 5:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Information on Towell’s formal charges will release upon his arraignment, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. today, Sept. 22, at the Stephens County Courthouse.

According to records, “the investigation continues as additional witnesses have come forward to provide information about the abuse occurring in the home.”

This story is developing. The Banner staff will update as more information become available. 

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