U.S. Marshals Arrest OKC Father In Texas, Accused In 5 Week Old Son's Murder

The U.S. Marshals arrested an Oklahoma father in Texas after the state medical examiner ruled his five-week-old baby was murdered months earlier.

Friday, May 17th 2024, 6:07 pm

By: News 9


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The U.S. Marshals arrested an Oklahoma father in Texas after the state medical examiner ruled his five-week-old baby was murdered months earlier.

It's the second Oklahoma City father to be arrested on murder charges in the past two months.

The U.S. Marshals took 24-year-old Xavien Hogan into custody Thursday. Oklahoma City Police say nearly seven months ago Hogan abused his five-week-old son Zeus to death.

“It’s a very tragic death,” Oklahoma City Police Msgt. Gary Knight said.

According to police reports, In October police were called to a reported medical episode at apartments near Santa Fe and I-44. Police rushed five-week-old Zeus to an area hospital where, according to police, doctors discovered signs of child abuse.

“Sadly, the baby passed away a few days later. Last month the medical examiner finished their investigation and did indeed rule the death of homicide,” Knight said,

Police learned baby Zeus was being cared for by his father, Xavien Hogan, who is now being brought back to Oklahoma facing a first-degree murder complaint. “Very tragic death. A little baby apparently had been simply abused to death and those are terrible, terrible cases to have to work,” Knight said.

It’s the second case of deadly child abuse Oklahoma City detectives have worked on over the past two months. In March, Police say 34-year-old Duwan Betancourt was home alone with his four-month-old son when investigators say the child died of blunt force trauma.

The father reportedly told police "It's all my fault."

“It’s a tough case to work but it’s a very important case to work because this is somebody who commits a crime like this, you need to get them off the streets as soon as possible before they can do something like this to another innocent child,” Knight said.

Anyone with any information about either case or with other reports of child abuse should contact the Crimes Against Children Unit at 405/297-1124.

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