Durant teacher: OKC foster dad accused of murder 'didn't have violent temper'

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- A Durant High School graduate is sitting in an Oklahoma County jail accused of murdering his 2-month-old foster son.

Less than 24 hours after baby Jacob was placed in Austin Davis's home in Oklahoma City, the 10-week-old ended up on life support at a children's hospital. Doctors say his injuries were consistent with child abuse.

A neighbor told reports that he also witnessed child neglect at the home a few weeks ago with other foster children.

"There was a lot of warning signs," the neighbor said. "I mean, anybody looking would have known that something was wrong."

That is when the neighbor says he immediately called DHS with his concerns.

"I was basically blown off and told that they would handle it," the neighbor said. "Now five weeks later, this is what we have."

In a police interview, Davis admitted that Jacob was crying so he picked him up and shook him while telling him to "just stop".

One of Davis's former teachers at Durant ISD didn't want to go on camera but said Davis wasn't known to have a violent temper.

The teacher also said investigators should make sure the baby wasn't already injured before he was dropped off at Davis's home.

We reached out to Davis's family but haven't heard back. We are told his mother is a math teacher at the Durant Middle School.

If convicted of murder, Davis faces up to life in prison.



 
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