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Father, girlfriend charged with murder of Seminole 3-year-old

KOCO Oklahoma City logo KOCO Oklahoma City 8/1/2022
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The father and his girlfriend have been charged with the murder of a Seminole 3-year-old

New details emerged Monday of the end of a local 3-year-old’s life. His father has now been charged with murder, along with the father’s girlfriend.

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Several weeks before his body was found burned, Caleb Jennings was being punished by his dad when he was killed, according to court records. Court records indicate Chad Jennings confessed to a friend what happened before his 3-year-old son died.

Jennings told the friend he was punishing his toddler by “whooping” him twice before he went limp. Jennings then said he attempted CPR for two hours on Caleb but never called 911.

Jennings’ girlfriend, Katherine Penner, is also charged with the toddler’s murder. She initially told police in an interview that Caleb was with his former foster family at the time of his death but that family told KOCO 5 they hadn’t seen Caleb in almost a year.

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“Another thing the foster mom told me was that all he had to do was call because she had texted on multiple occasions throughout the last few months to try to get the boys together so that they could see their sibling,” said Rodney Troglin, a deacon at Bowlegs First Baptist Church.

Penner later told police she saw Caleb unresponsive with bruises on his legs and stomach. She said the couple wrapped up Caleb in a blanket and left him in a closet for two days while they decided what to do with the body.

Documents confirm Jennings and Penner burned the body on Penner’s property. They told friends they “cremated” him.

The community is now honoring Caleb through vigils, prayer and raising money for a headstone. You can find the GoFundMe here.

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