Tuesday, 11 December 2012

SBS: California: Wayne Walker charged

Wayne Walker
Credit: California Department of Corrections
The Pickaway County Sheriff's Office has issued a warrant for Wayne Walker who has been charged with the murder of a 10-month-old.  

Pickaway County Sheriff Dwight Radcliff says agents with the U.S. Marshals service arrested the man charged with the death of a 10-month-old boy from Laurelville last week.
Wayne “Wolf” Walker, 44, was taken into custody as he got off a bus in Sacramento, California, Sunday afternoon. He had boarded the bus in Kentucky, according to Pickaway County officials.
Walker was charged, Thursday, with murder. He is accused of shaking the Pickaway County infant.   
The infant was taken off of life support at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on Thursday.  Officials attributed the death to shaken baby syndrome.
Walker had been living with the baby’s mother, Elizabeth Rutter, 24. 
She was the one who called for help early last Wednesday morning, saying her child wasn’t breathing.
Walker formerly lived in California. 
Authorities were beginning the process of returning him to Pickaway County to face the charges against him.   He's being held in lieu of a million dollars bond.
Sheriff Dwight Radcliff credited the quick distribution of information about their suspect and reaction from the public with the timely arrest of Walker.
He said Billy Lowery of Nicholasville, Kentucky, tipped off the Pickaway County Sheriff's office about Walker.   
Detectives in Pickaway County passed the information to federal marshals in California, who were waiting to pick up Walker when his bus arrived in Sacramento.  
Sheriff Radcliff said their suspect was completely unaware that law enforcement was waiting for him to get off the bus and that he was taken into custody without incident.

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