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Sallisaw man charged with first degree murder in death of two-month-old

Dwight Green

Friday, January 7, 2022 - Dwight Green, 33, of Sallisaw was charged on January 5 with one felony count of Murder in the First Degree – Child Abuse in connection with the death of a two-month-old female infant in May 2021.

According to court documents, on May 17, 2021, a called was placed to 911 regarding a medical emergency involving a two-month-old infant at a residence on South 4613 Road near Pier 7 south of Sallisaw.

When EMS and law enforcement arrived at the scene, they found Dwight Green performing CPR on the infant. The child was transported by ambulance to NHS Sequoyah in Sallisaw and then transported by helicopter to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa after medical personnel discovered the child had a cranial bleed and a collapsed lung.

The child’s parents, Dwight Green and Julie Turner, told authorities that they believed the infant’s injuries had been caused by their two-year-old daughter hitting the infant on the head and face several times with “a wooden handled toy mop” on either May 13 or May 14.

Turner stated that she had fed the infant and gotten her to sleep before leaving for work on the morning of May 17. She said she was contacted approximately 30 minutes later and asked to come home.

Green told authorities that the child had woken up within minutes of Turner’s departure and he had fixed a bottle for the infant which she “had trouble” drinking. He stated that he left her alone for “one to two” minutes and when he returned, she was gasping for breath, unresponsive and “limp with open eyes.”

During an investigation by the OSBI, Sarah J. Passmore D.O., a pediatric child abuse medical specialist stated that the injuries sustained by the child were “not caused from a short fall or a two-year-old sibling.” She added that a two-year-old is “not developmentally coordinated or strong enough to engage in activities on her own” that would cause any of the injuries sustained.

Passmore’s medical opinion was the incident causing the injuries happened within a very short time before the symptoms of gasping for breath and becoming responsive. Passmore stated that the infant had “abusive head trauma, caused by the violent acceleration and deceleration of the brain in the skull, facial bruising indicative of abuse and a collapsed lung from physical abuse.”

The infant remained on life support with reportedly little or no brain activity until being removed and pronounced deceased on June 15, 2021.

Green is currently being held in the Sequoyah County Jail with no bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on February 12 at 1:30 p.m.

No charges have been filed against Turner at this time.

KXMX News Staff

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