The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office announces a capital indictment in the death of a toddler

A Hamilton County grand jury today returned a capital indictment in the death of a toddler. Lamont Hunter now faces the death penalty for the murder of three year old Trustin Blue.

Hunter, 37, has been indicted for aggravated murder, rape and child endangering for the attack that occurred in the late morning of January 19, 2006. Hunter was babysitting his girlfriend’s son while she was at work. After a call was made to 911, paramedics went to the victim’s home at 16 West 68 th Street in Carthage and took Trustin to Children’s Hospital.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled the death a Homicide. An autopsy report shows that Trustin Blue died as a result of blunt trauma to the head and shaking.

The victim's mother, Luzmilda Blue, has also been indicted for one count of child endangering. Despite previous court orders to keep Hunter away from her children, she allowed the defendant to watch the victim.

Prior to 1997, accused child killers did not face the death penalty under Ohio law.

Two Hamilton County cases changed that law. The murders of Star Hollingsworth (ten months old) and Matthew Richmond (12 years old) prompted Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters to seek legislation wherein people who purposely kill children under 13 years of age would be eligible for the death penalty. That bill passed in 1997. 

Hunter is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $520,000 bond.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said today, "These type of crimes where children are injured or taken from us are among the most heinous imaginable. Our office prosecutes these predators appropriately, and in this case we are seeking the death penalty."

Since July 2005, this is the fourth death penalty indictment returned by a Hamilton County grand jury involving the death of a child.