Man Accused Of Killing Three Year Old Could Face Death Penalty

A man who, police say, pushed a three year old boy down the stairs was indicted Wednesday morning.

Prosecutors say Lamont Hunter raped and murdered three year old Trustin Blue while he was babysitting the little boy. Hunter has been indicted for aggravated murder, rape, and child endangering.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says this is not the first time Hunter hurt Trustin Blue. In February of 2003 Trustin suffered a broken leg while in Hunter's care. Then in June of 2004 Trustin suffered what Deters describes as "extensive injuries" including injuries to his genitalia. No charges were filed because Trustin's mother, Luzmilda Blue, refused to cooperate with police. The second incident resulted in a court order, prohibiting Luzmilda Blue from leaving Trustin in Lamont Hunter's care.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will seek the death penalty in this case, saying: "If you rape a child in this county we are going to try to put you away for the rest of your life. If you purposely kill a child we're going to try to have you executed."

Luzmilda Blue was also indicted Wednesday for Child Endangering.

Hunter remains in jail on $520,000 bond.

Deters seeking the death penalty for the suspect in a child's death is not new.

A bill pushed by Deters after the murders of Star Hollingsworth (ten months old) and Matthew Richmond (12 years old) made it possible to seek the death penalty for people who purposely kill children under 13 years of age.

In a release from his office, Deters said, "These type(s) of crimes where children are injured or taken from us are among the most heinous imaginable."

Reporter: Corey McConnell