The disturbing murder of a little boy in Oklahoma City in 2016 has made headlines again after it was discovered what the killer did just after committing the crime.
Well-known Tulsa dentist Bert Franklin, 35, a married man with four children, was secretly dating Roxanne Lewis-Randall when he was allegedly caught on a home surveillance camera slamming her infant son’s head into the ground, making a kicking motion, then carrying the limp child into the kitchen so he could get himself a slice of pizza.
Lewis-Randall spoke out about what happened next with television host Dr. Phil McGraw. “Lincoln was laying on the couch, looking up at the TV, so I went to walk around to give him his pacifier and Burt was on the other couch,” she said. At that point, the 19-month-old boy had already been fatally injured.
“He was like, ‘No, he’s asleep,’ so I put his pacifier on the arm of the couch and went back upstairs. I guess that’s whenever he picked up Lincoln and carried his body around. So, he carried him into the kitchen, gets another piece of pizza, and eventually takes him to my room and lays him on my bed,” she recalled, stating that when she later picked the baby up, he was totally limp. In fact, he was already brain dead.
Franklin was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 19-month-old Lincoln Van Henry Lewis.
Realizing something was wrong, Lincoln’s mom took him to Mercy Hospital, where he was diagnosed with skull fractures.
Surveillance video showed Franklin initially walking down the stairs at Randall-Lewis’ home with the baby, who appeared awake and alert, in his arms. It’s not clear what happened next, but in court, an Oklahoma City detective said that she believes the video shows the dentist slamming the child head-first into the ground. Franklin was then seen kicking at something on the floor.
In view of the camera, Franklin then casually walked back into the kitchen with the limp baby in his arms and grabbed the slice of pizza from a box.
Detectives who interviewed Bert Franklin said his story was inconsistent with the evidence and that he later surrendered.
Currently in prison without bail, Franklin will stand trial for the baby’s murder beginning September 25.
An autopsy revealed that Lincoln had two skull fractures which caused severe swelling and trauma to his brain.
Police suspect a motive could have been related to the fact that Franklin hated Lincoln’s biological father and had threatened to kill him, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Randall-Lewis also said that Franklin’s behavior had become “controlling.”
According to Franklin’s arrest warrant, his wife and his mistress had no knowledge of each other’s existence.
Randall-Lewis, who also has two older children, shared her story on the “Dr. Phil” show. And, on Facebook, she called Lincoln her “miracle babe,” after he was born prematurely in late December 2014 and spent nearly two months in NICU.
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