Boy's name, cause of death released in homicide near Anaconda

2013-07-10T21:25:00Z 2013-12-17T10:26:29Z Boy's name, cause of death released in homicide near AnacondaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 10, 2013 9:25 pm  • 

HELENA – Preliminary autopsy results show a Washington state boy whose body was found in southwestern Montana likely died of injuries from blunt- and sharp-force trauma, authorities said Wednesday.

Montana Department of Justice officials identified the 3-year-old boy as Broderick Daniel Cramer, of Lacey, Wash. His father, Jeremy Brent Cramer, has been charged with deliberate homicide and is in jail on $250,000 bail.

No other details were released about how the boy died, and authorities said an additional pathology examination and investigation is needed.

“It does appear that there was some sort of weapon used that caused the blunt-force trauma and also the sharp-force trauma,” said Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Attorney Ben Krakowka.

Authorities have found what may be the weapon, but Krakowka declined to say what it was or where it was found.

Broderick’s body was found Tuesday five miles southeast of Anaconda, Mont.

Authorities began searching for him after his father was arrested Monday night in a convenience store bathroom washing blood from his clothes.

They found the 38-year-old Cramer’s truck on a rural road, and discovered the boy’s body the next morning about 150 to 200 yards away, Krakowka said.

Cramer’s wife told police her husband had left their home with their son Monday. Lacey Police Cmdr. Jim Mack said an Amber Alert wasn’t issued because the mother never indicated that the child was in danger.

But police requested help from law enforcement in eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana in a search for the boy after the 31-year-old woman reported her husband’s fuel card was used in Moses Lake, Wash.

Police say the couple had been arguing about finances.

“He had asked her earlier within the last couple of weeks if they could do a road trip to the East Coast, and she said, ‘No, we don’t have the money,’ ” Mack said.

Cramer had been living in Lacey for about a year and had a Montana’s driver’s license, Mack said.

Krawkoka said he had no information on Cramer’s background.

Cramer has requested a public defender, but Krakowka said he did not know whether one had been appointed. Cramer made an initial court appearance Tuesday to hear the charges against him, and a new court date has not been set.

Police were still investigating the crime scene and interviewing witnesses Wednesday.

The state Division of Criminal Investigation and the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Department of Law Enforcement are leading the investigation.

AP writer Rachel La Corte contributed to this story from Olympia, Wash.

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  1. RPT
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    RPT - July 11, 2013 8:51 am
  2. msogirl
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    msogirl - July 11, 2013 6:56 am
    I think this scum needs to be hung, shot or strapped into the electric chair! Do not pass go or collect time in a prison cell. Montana needs to bring back the death penalty & use it quickly for cases like this
  3. JustEd
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    JustEd - July 11, 2013 5:55 am
    If my understanding of the buybull is correct, this is not an unpardonable sin and you just wished yourself into HELL. Personally I don't think this should be a pardonable sin, and I don't fear fables.
  4. TrueAmerican
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    TrueAmerican - July 10, 2013 6:17 pm
    I agree. This story is so devastatingly heartbreaking. How can a human being be so terribly and inexcusably vile and evil? Just seeing this in the news makes me feel sick.
  5. Roger
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    Roger - July 10, 2013 3:43 pm
    Too bad they did away with hanging for murderers - lethal injection is too easy for the creep.
  6. RPT
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    RPT - July 10, 2013 2:49 pm
    If this father did in fact murder his son... Let’s all hope that once the troops in the prison at Deer Lodge
    are finished greeting him that there is a special place in HELL waiting for him.
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