Foster Parents Charged in Child Abuse Death

After a 3-year-old boy died of head trauma, his foster parents have been arrested on child abuse and murder complaints. Reports say that Mallory Krajian, 25, of Broken Arrow brought the child to the hospital with significant head injuries, but was unable to adequately explain how the injuries occurred. She told investigators that she was in another room helping another child to get ready for the day, and the 3-year-old and his 6-year-old brother were in another room. Krajian said that the boy fell off of a couch and struck his head on the floor or an object near the couch. She allegedly told police that the older boy gave several versions of how the child was injured, and said he could have harmed the boy. The 3-year-old suffered a skull fracture, neck fracture, subdural hematoma, epidural hematoma, and bilateral retinal hemorrhages, or "blown pupils." Police say evidence including the layout of the home and the severity of the boy's injuries is inconsistent with Krajian's explanation. During the child's stay in the hospital, despite surgery to alleviate brain bleeds, his condition worsened and he lapsed into a coma. He was taken off life support on Sunday and died shortly thereafter. Upon his death, Mallory Krajian was arrested on a child abuse murder complaint. The two other children in the home were taken into protective custody. Mallory Krajian's husband Peter, 44, was also arrested on a child abuse complaint related to evidence uncovered during an investigation. Police noticed that a 4-year-old girl had a significant bald spot and asked her about it. The girl told investigators that her foster father had pulled her hair out. Mallory Krajian's sister allegedly told investigators that all three children regularly had bruising and bald spots, and that their foster mother explained to her that the bald spots were the result of hair loss from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Mallory Krajian is charged in Tulsa County District Court with child abuse murder in violation of 21 O.S. § 701.7. Child abuse resulting in death is first degree murder under § 701.7(C):

"A person commits murder in the first degree when the death of a child results from the willful or malicious injuring, torturing, maiming or using of unreasonable force by said person or who shall willfully cause, procure or permit any of said acts to be done upon the child pursuant to Section 843.5 of this title. It is sufficient for the crime of murder in the first degree that the person either willfully tortured or used unreasonable force upon the child or maliciously injured or maimed the child."

Her husband, Peter, is charged with child abuse by injury in violation of 21 O.S. § 843.5(A). Both Krajians face the possibility of life in prison if convicted.  

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