By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Cody Sartin, a suspect in the killing of his ex-girlfriend’s 3-year-old boy, Jace Burgess, was arrested and charged with first degree murder by Tulsa County prosecutors. Jace suffered serious personal injuries and was rushed to a hospital with a massive brain injury. According to officers, the child also had several bruises covering his entire body: shoulders, thighs, forehead, chin and a broken toe. Jace died as a result of the massive brain injury. Investigators believe that Sartin was babysitting Jace when the injury occurred; however, Sartin claims the injury was an accident.
Court records reveal that Jace’s mother filed a protective order against Sartin after Jace’s hospitalization. Jace’s mother claimed that Sartin was the only person with Jace when the injury occurred. She also claimed that Jace had previously complained of being shaken by Sartin and told his mother that he had “accidents” while in Sartin’s care. She also told authorities that Jace had new bruises on his body that were not present early that evening when she gave the child a bath.
Sartin had two other protective orders filed against him by two different women. A court document revealed that Sartin’s ex-fiancee and her roommate accused Sartin of threatening their lives, saying “their days were numbered.” Sartin also had another protective order against him by a different woman 2003, but the order has since expired. To read more about this topic see Oklahoma man charged with first-degree murder for the death of his ex-girlfriend’s 3-year-old son.
The death of this young boy is a tragedy for the family and community. Sartin is innocent until proven guilty and has a right to a criminal attorney and speedy trial. Physical abuse upon a child is a horrific offense and any perpetrator is reprehensible. Suspicions of abuse should be reported to authorities immediately so a criminal investigation can ensue.