Tulsa Dentist Bert Franklin

Police: Dentist Killed Lover’s Toddler By Cracking His Skull

A Tulsa area dentist has been arrested in association with the death of his girlfriend’s toddler son, and the details surfacing in this case are shaping up to be a story of adultery, secrets, lies, and violence. The Dreamin’ Demon reports that 35-year-old Bert Franklin was living a sort of secret life at the time of the violent incident that has left a defenseless child dead.

The incident reportedly occurred on July 17 in the home of the woman that Franklin had been seeing behind his wife’s back. He was alone with the woman’s 19-month-old son, Lincoln Von Henry Lewis. At the time, the child’s mother was downstairs in the home, not thinking there would be a problem with leaving the tot alone with the dentist she had been dating. The woman has stated that she heard a noise coming from the part of the home where Franklin was watching her son. However, the Tulsa dentist reportedly told her that the loud “thud” noise was just the sound of him throwing a ball for a puppy.

The woman checked on her son the following morning and found him unresponsive. This prompted her to have him rushed to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, the 19-month-old baby did not survive. The Daily Mail reports that the 19-month-old toddler suffered from various injuries associated with abusive violence. He had severe swelling on his brain with traumatic damage to it. He also had multiple fractures in his skull.

The mother of the allegedly murdered toddler has told authorities that 35-year-old Bert Franklin has expressed an intense hatred for her child’s father in the past. She alleges that the married dentist had made threats against the man, which included mutilating his genitals and skinning him. Authorities haven’t shared a motive in this case, but reports surrounding the shocking incident seem to indicate that the toddler belonging to the Oklahoma woman was maliciously murdered by her lover. Meanwhile, the finer details of this case have shown that the man accused of killing the baby has been living a double life.

Bert Franklin is regarded as a popular dentist in Tulsa, having worked at a dental spa for the past eight years. He is reportedly married and has four children with his wife. His wife was completely unaware of the fact that Franklin had been secretly seeing another woman, who had children of her own. Furthermore, reports have revealed that the dentist’s lover was completely unaware that she was dating a man outside of his marriage, oblivious to the fact that she was the second half of an extramarital affair. That double life was revealed, his secrets known by the world after he was arrested for the death of his lover’s baby.

This isn’t the first time a man has been accused of killing his lover’s child. Last year, a man was arrested for killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son. The Florida man had reportedly beaten and battered the defenseless toddler to death before dropping the boy and his mother off at a hospital.

Also last year, a Long Island man was arrested when he allegedly killed his girlfriend’s 17-month-old son. The child suffered numerous injuries which included broken bones and damaged internal organs. All of the injuries led to the child’s death, which police believe was caused by homicidal violence.

As for Tulsa dentist Bert Franklin, he is currently in jail after recently being transported from Tulsa to Oklahoma City. No information is available at this time on whether or not he is going to be held on bond in any amount. What is known, however, is that the dentist has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his lover’s 19-month-old son.

[Photo via Tulsa Police Dept.]