Oklahoma City child death does not bring murder charge
Prosecutor says evidence insufficient to file murder charge against adoptive mother and live-in boyfriend.
A dead boy’s adoptive mother has been charged with child abuse, and not murder, because the evidence so far is “the abuse did not kill the child,” a prosecutor said Thursday.
Larandon Nichols, 3, died July 11 at an Oklahoma City apartment. Police reported the malnourished boy had numerous bruises, burns, open wrist wounds, swollen fingers, scars and a large knot on the back of his head. Patches of skin had sloughed off parts of his body.
The adoptive mother, Alibra R. Nichols, 32, was charged Tuesday with one count of child abuse, two counts of child neglect, one count of enabling child abuse and one count of enabling child neglect.
Her live-in boyfriend, Donald Ray Miller, 35, was charged with one count of child abuse, one count of enabling child abuse and one count of enabling child neglect.
Police tell of beatings
Police reported another child, Donald Miller Jr., 6, said he had seen his mommy and his daddy “whoop” Larandon. The boy said “his mommy tells him to also ‘whoop’ Larandon, and he does,” police also reported.
The boy, Donald Miller Jr., said Larandon was hit with a belt, hangers, sticks and a red baseball bat, police reported.
Police reported the mother admitted whipping Larandon for various reasons and striking Larandon too hard.
The prosecutor said the medical examiner’s office is continuing to work to determine the cause of death.
The prosecutor said he could change the charge to murder if the death can be tied to the child’s abuse.