Murder Trial Begins For Oklahoma Man Accused Of Kicking Toddler In Head

| by Jared Keever

Jury selection began Monday for the trial of an Oklahoma man charged with killing a 23-month-old toddler left in his care. 

The Oklahoman reports Jeremy Robert Howard, 27, stands accused of first-degree murder in the death of young Kiyla Hosler. 

Police in Norman, Oklahoma, arrested Howard in April 2013 after responding to an emergency call that the child was unresponsive. The girl died shortly after being taken to the hospital.

Police told KOCO News at the time that Howard was the only one home with the girl when the emergency call was made.

Howard was the boyfriend of the girl’s mother, Amanda Hosler, according to the Daily Mail. He reportedly lived in the home with the girl and her mother. 

According to court documents, Howard initially told officers several different stories of how the girl came to be injured, but many of the stories were inconsistent with the nature of her injuries. 

A court affidavit indicates Kiyla Hosler arrived at the hospital with a head injury and blood in her stomach. 

Court documents reveal that Howard eventually admitted to police that he threw the girl in the air and then kicked her in the head with his steel-toed boot. Police said he then threw the girl face-down on the couch and left her for about 30 minutes before checking on her. 

The affidavit says Howard eventually tried to revive the girl by pouring water down her throat, before calling for help. 

Howard is being held without bail and is being represented by court-appointed attorneys Tyson Stanek and Taos Smith.

District Judge Tracy Schumacher is presiding over the case. 

Sources: The Oklahoman, KOCO News, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: The Oklahoman courtesy of Cleveland County Jail, Facebook