Man Wanted for Assaulting and Murdering His Girlfriend’s 13-Month-Old Baby

I know it’s a cliché but there has to be a special place in hell for people who rape and murder children. Words cannot express how furious reading stories about babies being sexually assaulted and violently killed makes me. The case of Sereniti Sutley is especially heartbreaking.

On Oct. 7 her 22-year-old mom Kelsie Blankenship found the 13-month-old unresponsive in their home in Conneaut, Ohio. Blankenship banged on her neighbors’ doors, screaming for help in the early hours of the morning. Police got the call at 5:15 a.m. and the little girl was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. She had been raped and died from blunt force trauma to the head and trunk, according to a coroner’s report.

The Conneaut Law Director’s Office released a statement on Oct. 13, saying: “This is a horrible, despicable and devastating crime, affecting everyone who has come into contact with it, including EMT personnel, Conneaut police officers, and UH doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.” The disturbing thing about this case is the person who is accused of killing little Sereniti is still on the run.

Murder victim Sereniti Sutley
Credit: Screenshot / Erie News Now

Who is wanted in the death of Sereniti Sutley?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post,,, and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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