Roxanne Randall said that Dr. Bert Franklin, her dentist ex and a father of four, saw her 19-month-old son Lincoln Lewis as an obstacle to their romance.
“I think it was planned,” Randall said, People magazine reported. “He wanted to have a baby. A month before, he had asked. I told him maybe years down the road, when we’re married. He wasn’t super pleased with that answer, and he never brought it up again.”
Franklin, she said, cared about her son until she got busy with him.
“In his mind he thought: Remove it and carry on,” Randall claimed. “He told a friend that the only common link between me and Lincoln’s dad was Lincoln,” adding “and that every time he looked at Lincoln, he saw [my ex].”
Franklin pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges after he allegedly dropped the toddler on his head and kicked him in July 2016. At that point, he allegedly picked up Lincoln, who appeared limp, and ate a slice of pizza. Randall was allegedly home at the time, but upstairs.
Part of the attack was caught on home surveillance, police claimed, but Franklin has claimed that the footage actually shows him kicking a dog.
That night, Lincoln started gurgling and having trouble breathing, his mom said. His body went limp.
“So I yelled at [Franklin] to call 911, and he stood up at the other side of the bed and just stared at me,” Randall said.
Medical examiners said Lincoln died of a skull fracture and brain bleeding.
[Images: Facebook and Oklahoma County Jail]