Mother of Tulsa's 78th homicide victim arrested days after boyfriend charged with child abuse murder

TULSA--A mother has been arrested days after her young child suffered abuse trauma and died. 

Tulsa Police say that Dasia Dickenson has been charged with two counts of Child Neglect and one count of permitting Child Abuse, just days after her boyfriend, Zackery Collins was charged with Child Abuse Murder. 

TPD says the nearly 2-year-old child died on Monday morning following critical abuse, marking the death as Tulsa's 78th homicide. 

Police said the Dickenson left Collins in charge of her three children while she went to work. Once she returned, the mother found Collins on the couch and the baby in bad condition.

According to reports, Dicksenson told police that the 22-month-old had bruising on his forehead, lip and torso. Officers say she called Collins' mother. They determined the baby was in very critical condition and called 911. Doctors determined he sustained a massive brain bleed.

Police said Collins initially stated a three-year-old pushed the infant off his bed and onto the concrete floor. After being questioned more, officers say he admitted to picking up the young toddler, slamming his head into the wall, punching him in the stomach and then slamming him onto the couch.

Collins told police that when he slammed him on the couch the child fell onto the concrete floor, hitting his head. He said he picked him up, wiped blood off his face and put him to sleep. Police said he never contacted anyone for medical help.

Collins went to sleep and was awoken about seven hours later. Police said the suspect admitted to drinking a six pack of beer and half a pint of tequila.

Police said Collins was frustrated with the child for not allowing him to sleep. He was arrested and booked into jail for child abuse and neglect. Those charges changed Monday morning to Child Abuse Murder. 

 

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