Officer Jeremiah Thompson
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Oklahoma City Police Officer Jeremiah Thompson has been charged with child abuse, after a 7-month-old baby that he had been fostering for a month sustained major injuries while in his care.
In November of last year, Officer Jeremiah Thompson called 911 to report that one of his foster children was having trouble breathing. At the time, Thompson was responsible for two young sisters, one 7-months-old and the other 2-years old.
Nearly five minutes into the 911 call, Officer Jeremiah Thompson finally informed the operator that he had dropped the baby. According to court documents, Thompson told the operator, “I did drop her as well…from a height of 3 to 4 feet…onto padded carpet.”
When the baby was finally received at the emergency room, doctors found that the child was suffering from injuries that could not have been caused by just one fall, but was likely the result of repeated shaking. Doctors reported that the baby suffered from subdural hematoma and extensive bilateral retinal bleeding that is caused by repeated shaking.
“This is very sad for everyone involved – the foster family, our agency, the biological family. This is a tragedy,” OKDHS Spokesperson Sheree Powell told reporters.