Ardmore woman sought after infant's death
ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — A Carter County woman faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of her six-month-old child.
The charge against 28-year-old Victoria Holland was filed last week. She remains at large.
“On August 6th of 2022, around 11:37 a.m., Ardmore police, firefighters and Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Services’ medics were dispatched to the 1100 block of Holiday Drive at a local apartment complex," said Ardmore police Sgt. Jake Glazener. "When they arrived, they made contact with the reporting party and an unresponsive six-month-old baby. They performed life-saving measures.”
The infant was later pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.
“During the course of the investigation, detectives gathered information that led to six different instances of child neglect with several different children — including the deceased — and that information was sent to the District Attorney's office,” Glazener said.
The District Attorney's office filed the arrest warrant last week.
“We amended the charges to include murder in the second degree; basically, we are accusing her of felony murder,” said District Attorney Craig Ladd. “Not that she intentionally killed the child, but that she was engaged in a felony offense — namely child neglect — and during the commission of that child neglect, the child died.”
The autopsy report proved that child neglect was a substantial factor in the child's death, officials said.
“It showed the cause of death was by asphyxiation, and investigators were able to prove that the child neglect led to the death of the child,” Glazener said.
Police are working to locate Holland.
“Under Oklahoma law, [second-degree murder] carries not less than 10 years and up to life for this charge,” Ladd said.