An Oklahoma mom and her boyfriend, who allegedly killed the woman’s toddler, blamed her death on sleepwalking.
Shawnee Police arrested Whitney Breslin, 21, and her boyfriend Cashe Graham, 22, earlier this month after Breslin’s 2-year-old daughter died, The Shawnee News-Star reports.
“Bleeding and swelling of the brain, that was the main thing. She also had a bruise on her chin and a bruise in the lower abdomen,” Detective Sergeant Jason Crouch told KFOR. Breslin and Graham were subsequently arrested on first-degree murder charges and they are being held without bail.
Graham had called 911 on September 1 to report that his girlfriend’s toddler, Jamie Murdock, was struggling to breathe.
“We just thought she was sleeping in a little late and, when we went to check on her, she was breathing real weird,” Graham said, according to KFOR. “She’s breathing in and out maybe every 15 seconds. She’s breathing real hard.”
But doctors noted otherwise. They said that Murdock’s symptoms would have appeared about an hour after the injury, reports KWTV. Doctors also indicated that the injuries seemed intentional.
“It just tells us there is a really small window as to who is responsible for this,” said Crouch.
The child died the next day, and the couple claimed that they didn’t harm the child. Instead, they blamed her injuries on sleepwalking. Crouch told KFOR that Breslin and Graham said they tried to childproof their home to combat the sleepwalking, by putting “rubber on the corners of the desks and the cabinets and the windowsills.”
“It was some kind of assault or abuse,” Crouch said. “The only way it can be explained is somebody did that to her.”
It was little Jamie Murdock’s third time in the emergency room within a month, reports KWTV. The 2-year-old tested positive for marijuana, which police believe the girl ingested.
“Neither one of them are coming off their story, saying that they understand how bad it looks but that they didn’t do it,” Crouch said of the mother and her boyfriend. “Well, somebody did it. One of them did it. Either one of them did it and the other’s covering for them, or vice versa or they both were a part of it.”
[Photo: Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center]