A dentist in Tulsa, Oklahoma has been allegedly caught on camera abusing his girlfriend’s 19-month-old son, resulting in injuries that led to the boy’s death, according to a report.
Prosecutors presented the video as evidence on Wednesday, as they alleged that Bert Franklin, 35, dropped Lincoln Lewis on his head and then kicked him in the footage, KFOR, a local NBC, affiliate reports.
Although prosecutors believe the video is incriminating, Franklin’s lawyer Scott Adams reportedly disagrees.
“There’s really nothing on the video that surprised me,” he told the station. “I mean it is what it is. And again, Dr. Franklin has told us there was a dog in there and any actions he had was towards the dog and I believe him.”
The clip obtained by KFOR does not show exactly what happened as the camera is in the kitchen and the July incident occurred in the living room, but a prosecutor reportedly said that despite the angle of the camera, she believes that Franklin dropped Lincoln on his head and started kicking him. In the same footage, Franklin then allegedly carries the toddler back into the kitchen.
According to KFOR, Lincoln sustained a skull fracture and brain bleed consistent with abuse. He was taken from the home to Mercy Hospital, before reportedly being flown to Tulsa Hospital where he died.
Lincoln’s mother Roxanne Randall was home at the time of the alleged incident, but reportedly stated she was upstairs when she heard a loud thud. When she ran down to see what the sound was, Franklin told her he was throwing a ball to the dog and that the baby was asleep, KFOR reports.
Around 2 a.m. the next morning Lincoln’s mother reportedly noticed something was wrong when she went to wake him for his bottle, but his eyes were already open and he was struggling to breath.
According to the news station, prosecutors are considering the fact that Randall had been spending time with Lincoln’s father as motive for the alleged crime.
Franklin was reportedly denied bail as the judge called him a “danger to the community.”
It is not yet clear how Franklin has plead.