Two Years On, Still No Answers In Death Of Edmond Baby


Wednesday, March 13th 2013, 6:55 pm
By: News 9


The high-profile murder case surrounding the death of an Edmond baby has reached another milestone without answers.

News 9 was the first to share Jake Hedger's story. Now, two years have passed and still no arrests in the case. Strangers are now rallying for justice.

Nine-month-old Jake Hedger died from a massive head injury two years ago.   

"Jake has become just a part of my everyday life," said Paula Jennings.

Jennings did not know Jake and has never met the family, but she became familiar with the story.

10/7/2011 Related Story: Family Seeks ‘Justice For Jake' With Facebook Posting

"It is personal now. I want to know what happened to him and why no one has been charged with his death," said Jennings.

Jake died of blunt force head trauma in March 2011, one day after he stopped breathing at a babysitter's house. Jennings says Edmond Investigators failed to question the babysitter.

"That's still the case and Jake is still dead. I mean, he is not around and there is nothing been done," Jennings said,

10/12/2011 Related Story: Documents Reveal More In Edmond Infant's Death

The autopsy report muddled the case because the medical examiner was unable to determine the exact time of the injury. Although medical experts have given differing opinions, the question has been and still is did the injury happen while in the care of the babysitter or the parents?

Not even a grand jury investigation brought about answers. So, Jennings and ‘Justice for Jake' supporters began an online petition asking the attorney general to take another look, and if not, have an out-of-state agency review the case.

"I can't even imagine what it would be like for that family to have to fight their fight. They need to grieve and they can't move past and move on with their life [because] they don't have the resolution they need," said Jennings.  

Thousands have signed the petition since January and Jennings says she is hoping to get some national attention on the case. News 9 could not immediately reach the babysitter's attorney.

10/11/2011 Relates Story: Edmond Mother Speaks About 9-Month-Old Son's Death