By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder by child abuse.
Anil Azmat, 33, pleaded no contest to the felony charge at an Oct. 22 hearing in Canadian County District Court. A jury trial had been set to begin Dec. 6.
District Judge Paul Hesse accepted the defendant’s plea and found him guilty pursuant to a plea agreement.
Azmat was sentenced to life in state Department of Corrections’ custody. The defendant, who has been housed at the Canadian County Jail since Sept. 17, 2020, received credit for time served.
He was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $50 victims’ compensation assessment.
Azmat had faced a sentence of death, life in prison or life in prison without parole.
The defendant appeared at the recent plea hearing with attorney Craig Corgan. Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin appeared for the state.
Azmat was charged in September 2020 for murdering his two-month-old daughter at a home in the 200 block of N Stebbins Drive near Cemetery Road and Reno.
Azmat reportedly was alone with the infant when she was injured.
BABY SUFFERED SKULL FRACTURE
Oklahoma City Police responded at 9:16 a.m. March 21 on a report that the baby was not breathing. The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Azmat told officers he was “trying to get up from the bed to go to the bathroom” and put the baby in her crib next to the bed,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit signed by Det. James W. Brown.
“He said he stood up and tripped on something and fell on (the baby). Anil said when he stood up, she was not breathing.”
A child abuse specialist at OU Children’s Hospital found evidence the infant had a skull fracture and was a victim of child abuse.
In an interview the next day, Azmat denied purposefully hurting his baby daughter or hitting her in the head.
Later that day, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner told the detective he performed an exam on the victim and found her to have a skull fracture, subdural hematoma, visible scalp bruising, neck abrasions, and old rib fractures.
His report labeled the manner of death as “homicide” and cause of death as “blunt force trauma of head and neck.”
The Medical Examiner told Det. Brown the skull fracture “was one of the worst he had ever witnessed,” according to court documents. “The child’s cause of death was blunt force trauma, like she was being held by her ankles and swung as a bat.
“The doctor rejected (Azmat’s) statements regarding how the children’s injuries occurred. The child had bruising under her chin and on her face and she had old rib fractures.”