Mother Of Toddler Abused, Killed In Edmond Testifies In Court


Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 1:39 pm
By: News 9


Wednesday morning the mother of the two-year-old boy who died broke down in tears as she testified about what happened the day she came home to find her son not breathing.

According to court records, Edmond Police officers were flagged down in an apartment complex at 400 E. Danforth Road by Sara Babakhani and her boyfriend, Rico Antwoine Berry the evening of October 13, 2009.

10/14/2009 Related Story: Edmond Man Suspected of Killing Girlfriend's Toddler

Those papers state officers found Babakhani's son, two-year-old Jolen, unresponsive and not breathing. Officers performed CPR until EMSA and Edmond fire personnel arrived. EMSA transported Jolen to the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center where he later died.

Babakhani testified Rico Berry was not the father of Jolen. She testified how Berry texted her saying, "I'm so sorry Sarah, this is all my fault."

She testified how she asked him what happened and she says he told her he didn't know. She testified how her son had bruises all around his neck and head.

The state showed both Babakhani and the jury pictures of her son taken at the hospital that showed the injuries Jolen suffered, including bruises to the forehead and scalp and around his neck and chin.

In the courtroom were Berry's family and the biological father of Jolen, who sat in the back row of the gallery during the tearful testimony and who watched his son's accused killer intently.

Berry is charged with 1st degree murder and one count of child neglect.