Posted: Jul 10, 2013 3:20 PM by Erin Schattauer
Updated: Jul 11, 2013 9:12 AM
A Washington boy who was found murdered near Anaconda likely died of "blunt and sharp force injuries," authorities said in a press release Wednesday.
Broderick Daniel Cramer, 3, of Lacey, Washington was the biological son of Jeremy Brent Cramer, 38, who has been charged with deliberate homicide, accused of killing the boy.
Broderick would have turned 4 years old next Tuesday, July 16, the release states.
"No further details regarding the specific cause and method of death can be provided at this time since additional pathology examination and criminal investigation is required in this matter," John Barnes, communications director for Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, said in the news release.
Division of Criminal Investigation agents and Anaconda-Deer Lodge law enforcement officers are working with the Lacey Police Department Washington to determine the events that led up to the boy's death.
Broderick was reportedly taken from his family's home at around 9 a.m. Monday by his father.
The incident began unfolding in Anaconda Monday night when Anaconda-Deer Lodge Law Enforcement officers were called to a local convenience store at around 10:30 p.m. after a clerk reportedly saw a man trying to wash blood off his body and clothes in the restroom, according to a press release from authorities.
An investigation by Anaconda-Deer Lodge Law Enforcement determined that the man had left with his from Lacey, Washington, likely as part of a custodial dispute.
The Anaconda-Deer Lodge Law Enforcement Agency found the man's vehicle five miles southeast of town on Montana Secondary Highway 569, but the boy was not found at the time. At daybreak Tuesday, authorities began searching again and found the boy's body.
Jeremy Cramer is charged with deliberate homicide as well as misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. He is being held on a $250,000 bond at the Anaconda-Deer Lodge jail.
His preliminary hearing is set for July 30.
Photo from KIRO 7 Courtesy of Cramer Family