Father arrested for neglect in child's death

Wednesday, July 2nd 2008, 11:43 am
By: News 9


A Tulsa father was behind bars Tuesday night after his son died in his care, police said.

Tulsa police said 25-year-old Terry Green waited too long to get his son medical attention. Green has been charged with child neglect and was booked in to the Tulsa County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Paramedics arrived at Green's apartment around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, but investigators believed the child, Keyshawn Markham, may have died much earlier.

Green was booked into jail on one count of felony child neglect. Officers said Green was the only adult home with the four-year-old and another child at the time of the incident, which happened in the 2500 block 37 Street North.

Keyshawn was unconscious and not breathing when police arrived, a police report read. Police said Green told them he didn't know what happened to his son, but he was awake, just before he called 911.

Paramedics found the child "cold to the touch and stiff" and an investigator with the medical examiner's office believes Keyshawn had been dead much longer than Green reported, according to the police report.

"It's always tough when you see a child who has all kinds of potential ahead of them and in one instant something has gone horribly wrong. It's very difficult," said Capt. Karen Tipler with the Tulsa Police Department.

Green does have a previous conviction for drugs. He is being held on $50,000 bond.