While Oklahoma legislators continue their debate over whether pseudoephedrine should become a prescription drug, another fire in Tulsa has ended in the tragic death of a 15 month-old baby boy. Early on Thursday morning, firefighters received a call from neighbors of a Tulsa duplex, who reported smoke coming out of the back of a duplex, located in the 1400 block of West Admiral Boulevard, and a woman screaming that her baby was still inside the house. The child’s mother and Jason Bell, 35, who lived in the home, escaped the duplex unharmed, as did two of their neighbors.
As neighbors watched and waited outside, firefighters rushed in to the home to search for the baby, which they discovered in the back bedroom of the home, the room where they believe the fire originated. According to a report by the Associated Press, neighbors cried as they watched medics carry the child’s body out of the home in a tiny body bag. Another neighbor shaken by news of the child’s death, recalled that there were always strange odors coming out of the duplex.
By 3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, police had arrested Jason Bell and charged him with two counts of child endangerment and three drug charges that are associated with the meth and the meth lab materials that were found inside the duplex. Bell’s bail was set at $62,500 and as of Saturday, he was still in the Tulsa County Jail.