Man Indicted for Homicide Involving 2-year-old Boy (Update) (Photo)

Man Indicted for Homicide Involving 2-year-old Boy (Update) (Photo)

March 13, 2014 15:40



A Multnomah County Grand Jury issued an indictment today for Joshua Howard for Murder, Murder by Abuse and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.


Original Message below:

Today, Thursday March 6, 2014, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the 2-year-old boy critically injured on Tuesday night at the Unicorn Motel passed away at a Portland hospital.

The suspect, 28-year-old Joshua Howard, remains in custody at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on the child on Friday to determine the exact cause of death.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office will present the case next week to a Grand Jury, where additional charges, including Aggravated Murder, will be considered.

This investigation started on Tuesday March 4, 2014, at 9:36 p.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the Unicorn Motel, located at 3040 Southeast 82nd Avenue, on the report of a 2-year-old male unconscious.

Officers arrived and noticed suspicious injuries on the child. One officer performed life-saving CPR until medical personnel arrived and continued life saving measures until the child arrived at a Portland hospital.

The suspect, Joshua Howard, formerly of Astoria, Oregon, was in the room and called 9-1-1. Howard is the boyfriend of the child's mother.

Based on the suspicious circumstances, detectives from the Family Services Division and the Homicide Detail were called to the scene to conduct an investigation.

Detectives arrested Howard for Assault in the First Degree and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail early Wednesday morning.

This is an ongoing investigation and no additional details can be released.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Tom Walker at (503) 823-0254,; or, Detective Mark Sponhauer at (503) 823-0416,

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