Suspect in toddler homicide appears in Spokane courtroom

SPOKANE, Wash. – A man charged with second degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl appeared in court on Monday.

Jason Obermiller, 32, is charged with the death of Addy Hoyt at a home on Spokane’s South Hill in September. Miller was taken into custody at a lake cabin near Worley after several days on the run. Deputies were responding to reports of a suspicious person at the home.

According to court documents, the child’s mother, Lovina Rainey, had a relationship with Obermiller. A woman who lived in the home with Rainey and her children, said that soon after Obermiller began coming around the home, the child started to sleep on a small mattress in the bedroom with them.

That same woman said she began to notice an obvious change in Addy’s behavior when Obermiller was around. She said she began to notice bruises on Addy’s face, but the toddler was never taken in for examination.

The day the child was found dead, authorities were called to a home for reports of a toddler not breathing. According to court documents, Rainey had been out drinking the night before with a man she knew only by the name of “Stranger.” Rainey said she made pizza for the children before going out. According to court documents, Stranger kissed Rainey in front of Obermiller, who appeared to be upset.

Rainey said she came home at 3:00 a.m. and went straight to bed. She told deputies she did not check on any of the kids when she got home.

Rainey said she peeked in on the child at 11:00 a.m. the next morning but thought the child was still sleeping and it was not until a 4-year-old in the home checked on the 2-year-old that anyone knew the child was not breathing. According to Rainey, Obermiller left the home before she woke up Monday morning and has not been able to reach him since. 

Another man who lived in the house called authorities when Addy was found not breathing.

When medics arrived, they found the 2-year-old laying on her back on a toddler mattress, already dead. A forensic pathologist said a foreign material was recovered from behind Addy’s teeth and against the soft pallet of her mouth. A detective said the matter was consistent with dried pizza crust.

Detectives determined the cause of Addy’s death was blunt abdominal trauma from a single acute injury as from a kick or punch to the abdomen. Officials believe Addy might not have survived less than half an hour after sustaining the injury, which determined the manner of her death was homicide.

Obermiller faces several charges in Washington, including second degree murder. He faces charges for being a fugitive on the run in Idaho. 

(© 2016 KREM)


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