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Washington Babysitter Said Toddler 'Fell' Down The Stairs. Now, He Has Been Charged With His Murder: Police

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Source: Mega

Mar. 27 2023, Published 4:00 p.m. ET

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What at first seemed to be a deadly fall by a toddler in Washington is now a murder case, with a live-in babysitter accused, officials said.

Eric Boudreau, 32, is charged with second-degree murder, four months after a 13-month-old boy died. The child's name has not been released.

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Au autopsy conducted in Seattle determined the boy died from blunt force injuries to the head on Friday, November 11, 2022. Authorities were called to a home where the toddler reportedly fell while Boudreau was sleeping.

However, Boudreau was not arrested until last week. That was in part because a death certificate declaring the case a homicide was not issued until late February, and because prosecutors wanted to question the examination staff.

A Thurston County prosecutor said the boy received a skull fracture, along with numerous bruises and lacerations.

“These are not injuries that could have been sustained by falling down carpeted stairs,” Cailen Cecil told a judge at a preliminary hearing Friday.

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Boudreau lived at the Lacey home with the toddler, the toddler's parents and another woman with two children.

Boudreau told authorities he performed with a band at a club the night before the child died. The Olympian reports he admitted drinking five beers and smoking marijuana.

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The toddler's father told authorities he heard Boudreau tell the boy “shut up” in a harsh voice. But the father went on to work, to avoid being fired.

It turned out the father was fired after checking on his son at a hospital.

Judge Sharonda Amamilo ordered Boudreau held without bond. He has no criminal history.


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