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Locker indicted on murder charges

Brooklyn Saechao celebrated her first birthday a week before she died
by: Contributed photo Jeffrey Edward Locker

A Multnomah County Grand Jury has indicted a Gresham man on accusations of murder and first-degree manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend's baby.

Jeffrey Edward Locker, 22, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is being held without bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Locker reportedly called 9-1-1 at 2:02 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, and said Brooklyn Saechao was unconscious after she hit her head on the bathtub inside their Gresham apartment in the 16400 block of Northeast Russell Street. The baby's 25-year-old mother, Jamie Saechao, was at work at the time.

Paramedics rushed the girl to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center, where doctors diagnosed the girl with a severe head injury that left her in critical condition.

Due to the suspicious nature of the injury, Child Abuse Team detectives and Gresham police's Major Crime Team helped with the investigation.

Two days later, on Thursday, Aug. 4, the girl died of her injuries. Police found Locker the next day driving north of Milton-Freewater in eastern Oregon, reportedly heading toward the Washington border, and arrested him without incident.

Court records indicate that Locker told police detectives the baby fell in the bathtub and that he was the only one there when she began to appear hurt. But the state medical examiner and another doctor indicated that Locker's description of how the baby was injured was 'inconsistent with the physical findings,' adding that the child would have 'been immediately symptomatic.'

State Medical Examiner Karen Gunson ruled the death a homicide caused by severe blunt force head trauma resulting in subdural bi-lateral hematomas, bilateral retinal and optic nerve hemorrhages and diffused brain swelling.

The baby girl turned 1 just the week before her death.