A reward has being offered for information leading to the arrest of a 37 year old man, Joshua Gurto, who is wanted for the rape and murder of a 13-month-old baby girl.
Police officers were called to a home in Conneaut, Ohio, on the morning of Oct. 7 over reports that a 1-year-old baby had been found unresponsive by her mother.
The baby, later identified as Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Blankenship-Sutley, couldn't be revived by emergency responders and was immediately rushed to Conneaut Brown Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Ashtabula County Coroner's office, Sereniti died from blunt force trauma to her head and trunk.
After questioning the toddler's 22-year-old mother, Kelsie Blankenship, and the mother's boyfriend, Gurto, the Conneaut Law Director's Office filed charges and obtained an arrest warrant for Gurto in the murder and rape of Sereniti.
Gurto is a 5-foot-10, 145-pound male with a deformed right ear, misaligned jaw and tattoos on his right forearm, according to the outlet. He has not been seen since he first spoke to officers on the day of Sereniti's death. "This is a horrible, despicable and devastating crime, affecting everyone who has come into contact with it, including EMT personnel, Conneaut police officers and UH doctors, nurses and other medical personnel,” investigators wrote in a statement released by the Law Director’s Office on Friday afternoon.