LeFlore County deputies save 6-month-old child

Jeffrey Fox
Jenny Huggins
News Reporter

The LeFLore County Sheriff's Department saved a 6-month-old baby from allegedly being murdered by Jeffrey Fox, 29, of Stigler on June 23.

Deputies say Fox said, "God told me to do this, God told me to kill my child and then myself. I was only doing what God told me to do."

He also allegedly told an officer, "I was trying to commit suicide by cop, however I guess none of you had the balls to do so."

LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale said, "The actual facts of the incident are far different than what has been put on social media. We were able to safely end the pursuit without the infant being injured."

According to the police narrative, Fox led officers on a pursuit on roads and through fields to Twilight Road near Bokoshe at approximately 11 p.m. that evening.

During the pursuit, contact had been made with Fox's girlfriend, Tana Gamble, who stated Fox had told her, "If law enforcement does not back off, I'm going to kill myself and the baby."

In a joint effort with Bokoshe Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, Fox was forced to stop after he allegedly rammed into LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan's patrol unit.

LeFlore County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Ragan said he exited his patrol vehicle and shouted, "Show me your hands." According to Ragan, Fox failed to comply so he approached the passenger side of the vehicle to secure the infant.

Ragan then noticed that the infant carrier was unsecured and he attempted to grab it from the vehicle. Fox allegedly told Ragan at this time that it was his kid and that he would not let Ragan have it. According to the report, Fox then began to grab the kid from the car seat. Ragan said in the report that "due to the threats he had made towards the child I was fearful of the child's safety."

A physical alteration occurred between the two as Ragan tried to secure the child. Officers managed to secure the child away from Fox, the report said.

Ragan reported Fox appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

The child was taken to Mercy Medical Center. Fox was taken to the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center and shortly released with minor injuries.

Fox was booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center on charges of four counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, assault and battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest, eluding, child endangerment, running a roadblock, domestic assault in the presence of a minor child, driving under suspension, malicious injury to county property and malicious injury to state property.

Find the full story in Saturday's print edition of the Poteau Daily News.