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Court documents reveal new details in death of metro toddler

Bert Franklin, 35, was arrested on a first degree murder complaint in the death of Lincoln Von Henry Lewis. (Tulsa County Jail)

Court documents reveal new details about the death of a toddler in Oklahoma City.

Bert Franklin, 35, was arrested July 20 in Tulsa following the death of 19-month-old Lincoln Von Henry Lewis. Lewis was admitted to an Oklahoma City hospital July 17 and then flown to Tulsa where he later died.

A first degree murder arrest affidavit for Franklin shows that on July 17 Lewis was found unresponsive in a home in the 14800 block of Gravity Falls.

The victim's mother tells police that she has been in a relationship with Franklin for approximately one year. On July 17, she recalled hearing a loud noise from an upstairs room in the home. At the time, Franklin and Lewis were the only two upstairs. Franklin told the victim's mother that the noise was from him throwing a small ball to a puppy in the home. Lewis was then later found unresponsive. An autopsy shows that he suffered two severe skull fractures.

Police then interviewed Franklin and stated that his stories were inconsistant. The victim's mother told police that Franklin had threatened to kill the young boy's biological father, "skin him in Bricktown" and cut his penis off.

Court records show that Franklin lives in Tulsa as a practicing dentist with his wife and four children and that neither the victim's mother or his wife were aware of each other. Franklin is currently in the Tulsa County Jail. He will soon be extradited to Oklahoma County.

The homicide is the 41st of 2016 in Oklahoma City.


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