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8:58 am
Fri September 16, 2011

UPDATE: Serenty Deal Death

Oklahoma City, OK – 5-year-old died of head injury, ruled homicide

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The death of a 5-year-old girl that has led to a criminal investigation of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services has been ruled a homicide.

An autopsy by the state medical examiner says Serenity Deal died from a head injury due to assault and said the manner of death is homicide.

The girl died June 4 after being placed in the custody of her father by DHS despite twice being injured during visits with him.

The father Sean Devon Brooks is charged with first-degree murder in the case. Brooks says the girl fell in a shower.

DHS put four employees on leave in connection with the case and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal inquiry into how DHS handled the placement of the girl.