Babysitter charged with murder in Lone Grove toddler's death

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - A Lone Grove man who was babysitting a toddler when he died last month was charged with murder in district court Monday. Prosecutors allege Conan Collins stomped and kicked 22-month-old Hoss Gonzales, killing him.

"They just don't deserve any of this," the Collins nephew Dekota Washburn said.

Mr. Collins was charged Monday with first degree murder and child neglect. He is being held in the Carter County Detention Center without bond.
Police say Collins drove Gonzales to the Quik Check in Lone Grove, where is wife Brittney Collins worked.
First responders tried CPR, but it was too late.

"Their kids have never been abused in any kind of way," Washburn said. "They are always taken care of."

Washburn says his aunt and uncle didn't commit this crime.

"My uncle and aunt are innocent," Washburn said. "Completely innocent. This is complete defamation of character, they don't deserve anything that is going on right now."

Washburn says they always took care of their children and were upset over the death of Gonzales.

"They were tore up," Washburn said. "I mean obviously, someone died. That is going to hurt anybody, and dying in their presence, that is horrible."

"There were multiple blunt force trauma to the child's head that resulted in the death of the child," District Attorney Craig Ladd said.

Ladd says they are not charging Brittney Collins with the death of Gonzales.

"We have no reason to believe at this time that she was involved in the incident that was the direct cause of the child's death," Ladd said.

Both Brittney and Conan Collins will be charged with neglect.

"The allegations are that they left their children without adequate supervision for a period of time earlier that morning," Ladd said.

Court records show the Collinses have a three-year-old, a two-year-old and a two-month-old.

Brittney Collins was given a $100,000 fine and Conan Collins bond was denied.

Both were arrested last week at the Quick Check in Lone Grove, initially on child neglect charges.

Officials say back in April Conan Collins drove the boy to the Quik Check in Lone Grove because that's where Brittany worked.

First responders arrived and started CPR trying to save the boy's life, but he later died at the hospital.

Medical examiner Amy Elliott ruled Gonzales' death a homicide, saying the child died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Tune in to News 12 at 5 and 6 Monday for complete coverage on this developing story.



 
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