Oklahoman January 8, 2011Steven Trammell, 33, of Tecumseh, is jailed in Pottawatomie County on complaints of child abuse. District Attorney Richard Smothermon said Friday he plans to file a first-degree murder charge against the man now that his daughter has died.
A 3-month-old Tecumseh girl died Friday at an Oklahoma City hospital. Physicians there said her skull and legs were fractured, and the injuries likely were caused by the baby being violently shaken, police said.
TECUMSEH — Authorities say they think a 3-month-old girl died at the hands of her father.
Lydia Trammell died about 1 a.m. Friday at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, he said.
Sandra Trammell said she had no idea what could have caused Lydia’s injuries, Kidney said.
Tecumseh police Detective J.R. Kidney said physicians there said Lydia’s skull and legs were fractured, and the injuries likely were caused by the baby being violently shaken.
The parents initially took the child to Shawnee Unity Health Center for respiratory problems Thursday. The girl’s mother, Sandra Trammell, told police the baby was gasping for air and that Steven Trammell tried to use a rubber suction bulb for infants to clear her throat.
Authorities say the case is under investigation. An autopsy was performed Friday, but a preliminary cause of death had not been released.
Steven Trammell was arrested late Thursday and was being held without bail Friday. He has no criminal history. Kidney said there are no other children in the home.