SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl as a homicide.
Officials said the girl was found dead Monday at a home on East 55th Avenue near South Thor.
Court documents filed late Wednesday afternoon said detectives are looking into three people who could possibly be charged with criminal mistreatment.
Police are now searching for Jason Obermiller. He is wanted on a separate US Marshall's Warrant for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, but is listed as a person of interest in the death of the 2-year-old. Obermiller has an extensive criminal history with charges for domestic violence, assaults, DUIs, and malicious mischief. Court documents said Obermiller is also a drug user and that it was irresponsible for the mother to leave the children in his care.
When medics arrived at the home Monday, 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.
Authorities have classified the case as a homicide through information gathered during the investigation and after consulting the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.
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.