Police seek man charged in death of 13-month-old girl


Authorities say they are searching for a man accused of killing and raping a 13-month-old in northeast Ohio.

Conneaut (KAW'-nee-awt) Law Director Kyle Smith said Friday that his office filed charges of aggravated murder and rape against Joshua Gurto in the death of Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Blankenship-Sutley. Smith said an arrest warrant was issued for the 37-year-old Conneaut man.

Police say they responded Oct. 7 to call about an unresponsive child at an apartment complex in Conneaut, roughly 70 miles (113 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland. They say the girl was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Ashtabula County Coroner says the child had blunt-force injuries to her head and body.

Smith said he could not provide any additional details.

There was no public phone listing for Gurto.

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10/13/2017 8:17:16 PM (GMT -4:00)

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