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Medical examiner rules 11-month-old Owasso girl's death a homicide, mother's boyfriend charged


TULSA, Oklahoma — The state medical examiner's office has ruled the death of an 11-month-old Owasso girl a homicide due to "multiple blunt impact injuries."

The boyfriend of the child's mother is charged with murder in the girl's death and is jailed without bond.

Emmerson O'Rourke died July 12 at a Tulsa hospital where she was taken with a possible brain injury after 22-year-old Brandon Nordstedt called for an ambulance a day earlier and reported the child was having trouble breathing and suffering a possible allergic reaction.

Nordstedt has said the child may have been injured by hitting her face on a desk or hitting her head in her crib.

Nordstedt was arrested Aug. 20 in Hutchinson, Kansas, after the murder charge was filed and is now in the Tulsa County jail.

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