Jul 11, 2013 12:23 PM by MTN News
ANACONDA - Broderick Daniel Cramer of Lacey, Washington, the young boy who was found dead near Anaconda on Tuesday, likely died of "blunt and sharp force injuries," authorities said in a press release Wednesday.
Jeremy Brent Cramer, 38, the boy's father, has been charged with deliberate homicide.
Broderick would have turned four years old on July 16.
"No further details regarding the specific cause and method of death can be provided at this time since additional pathology examination and criminal investigation is required in this matter," John Barnes, communications director for Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, said in a press release.
Division of Criminal Investigation agents and Anaconda-Deer Lodge law enforcement officers are working with the Lacey Police Department to determine the events that led up to the boy's death.
Broderick was reportedly taken from his family's home at around 9 a.m. on Monday by his father.
KIRO TV in Seattle reports that the boy's mother, Natalie, then tried calling Jeremy more than 50 times, but he didn't answer and didn't return her text messages.
She checked their bank account, and saw he had filled up his truck in Moses Lake.
Lacey police issued a bulletin to law enforcement to look for the vehicle in order to conduct a welfare check on Cramer and his son.
On Monday night, Anaconda-Deer Lodge police officers were called to a convenience store at around 10:30 p.m. after a clerk reportedly saw a man trying to wash blood off his body and clothes in the restroom.
The man, later identified as Jeremy Cramer, was then taken into custody on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Police found Cramer's vehicle five miles southeast of town on Montana Secondary Highway 569, but the child was not found at the time.
At daybreak on Tuesday, authorities began searching again and found the boy's body off of Mill Creek Road about five miles southeast of Anaconda.
On Tuesday afternoon, Cramer appeared in court and was charged with deliberate homicide; his bond was set at $250,000.
Cramer is scheduled to appear in District Court for a preliminary hearing on July 30th.