Arrest for Murder in the First Degree
This evening, St. Petersburg Police Department Major Crimes Unit detectives have announced the arrest of 33 year-old Jeremiah Dillard for Murder in the First Degree.
On September 24, 2016, at 2:20 a.m., in St. Petersburg, an unresponsive 54 day old child was taken to a local hospital and pronounced deceased at 3:24 a.m.
The Medical Examiner’s Office subsequently ruled the child’s death a homicide indicating the cause of death was asphyxia with contributing conditions of blunt trauma and malnutrition.
Through interviews and additional evidence, St. Petersburg Police Department Major Crimes Unit detectives were able to establish probable cause for the arrest of Jeremiah Dillard.
He was arrested on February 11, 2017, and
charged with Murder in the First Degree.
He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.