A man from Massachusetts was charged in connection with the de@th of a 5-year-old who was discovered in a suitcase along a highway. NBC Boston reported Thursday that 32-year-old Alberto L. Sierra Jr. pleaded not guilty to a m*rder allegation.
A guy from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, some 20 miles north of Worcester, has been charged with m*rder in the de@th of Jeremiah Oliver, who also resided in Fitchburg. The mother of the boy has a boyfriend named Sierra.
According to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Jeremiah’s body was discovered in a suitcase on April 18, 2014, near Interstate 190 in Sterling. He had been reported missing in late 2013. The medical examiner ruled it a homicide, while the prosecutor’s office cited “homicidal violence of undetermined etiology” as the cause of de@th.
According to NBC Boston, Sierra was arr*sted on m*rder and body disinterment charges on a Wednesday. He is being held without bond, and public records did not reveal whether or not he has legal representation.
The news can be confirmed by the tweet below:
Nine years after a 5-year-old was found dead in a suitcase near an interstate, a Massachusetts man has been charged in the death. https://t.co/elYwkBWQbW
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 20, 2023
The district attorney’s office did not provide any background information in its press statement on the latest arr*sts and indictments. At the time, the district attorney’s office claimed that Sierra had pled guilty to assault and battery charges related to an incident in which she had allegedly att@cked the mother and two of the three children.
He received a prison term of between six and seven years. However, he was not arr*sted for the boy’s m*rder until much later. According to the prosecutor’s office, the mother of the boy, Elsa Oliver, pled guilty in 2017 to assault and battery and two counts of reckless endangerment of a child, and was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.
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Preceding Jeremiah’s disappearance, Elsa Oliver and the kids had been working with the state’s Division of Children and Families.
According to a report by the state Office of the Child Advocate, a social worker who neglected to frequently see Oliver and her children, as well as two supervisors, were fired after Oliver’s disappearance and de@th. It was revealed that the state has altered procedures including house visits and case reviews.
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