Suspect in toddler homicide appears in court

The man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl in Spokane earlier this month made his first appearance in court on Wednesday. KREM 2's Taylor Viydo has more on suspect Jason Obermiller.

KOOTENAI CO., Idaho – The man accused of killing a 2-year-old at a South Hill home in early September appeared in a Kootenai County courtroom on Wednesday.

Deputies captured 32-year-old Jason Obermiller on Tuesday afternoon. Obermiller was taken into custody at a lake cabin near Worley while deputies were responding to reports of a suspicious person at the home.

Obermiller faces several charges in Washington State, including second degree murder. He did not waive extradition to Washington, meaning he plans to fight being sent back to Washington. In Kootenai County, Obermiller is now facing a charges for being a fugitive on the run.

The judge assigned Obermiller a public defender, who entered not guilty pleas on those charges.

Earlier this month, authorities were called to a home on the South Hill for a call of a toddler that wasn't breathing.

When medics arrived at the home, they found the 2-year-old laying on her back in bed, already dead. The mother told deputies she had left the home to go drinking with a man she only knew by the name "stranger" and said she left the 2-year-old alone with three other children at home with Obermiller and another friend. The mother 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.

The mother 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 the mother, Obermiller left the home before she woke up Monday morning and has not been able to reach him since. 

Investigators said during a search of the home, detectives found several ounces of meth, some heroin and handgun. They then requested a second search warrant.

The names of the mother and persons at the residence are not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Officials said three siblings of the deceased victim have been placed with Child Protective Services. 

Obermiller is being held on $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court a week from Friday for an extradition hearing.



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