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Father Gives Suicide Advice To 12-Year-Old Son, Rogers County Deputies Say

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Michael Jensen mug shot from Rogers County Jail. Michael Jensen mug shot from Rogers County Jail.
INOLA, Oklahoma -

A father is behind bars after Rogers County deputies said he gave his 12-year-old son advice on how to commit suicide.

Deputies have been to the Rogers County home multiple times for mental health calls - every call from an adult, asking first responders for help in dealing with a young boy repeatedly trying to take his own life.

"A lot of it has to do with professional intervention," said Major Coy Jenkins with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the affidavit, the little boy was visiting his grandparents Tuesday. It says his grandmother told him he needed to get ready to go back to his mom's house and records show that's when the little boy grabbed some grocery bags, put them over his head and tried to suffocate himself.

His grandparents stopped him.

"I really think the father that was arrested in this particular case became very frustrated at dealing with the emotional distress of his son," Jenkins said.

The affidavit says Michael Jenson, the boy's father, walked into the room and told his son, "If he wants to be successful in killing himself that he needs to set himself on fire then shoot himself in the head at the same time."

"And then he left," Jenkins said. “That makes it child neglect because he didn't stand by to make sure that this action didn't occur."

As soon as Jenson left the house, Jenkins said the 12-year-old boy soaked his shirt in lighter fluid and tried to set himself on fire.

The boy’s grandparents put out the flames.

Deputies arrested Jenson on a complaint of child neglect.

"That is why it is very important not to talk to young children in those regards because, sometimes, they may act out on something that you may not have intended for them to do to begin with," Jenkins said.

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