Probable Cause in Child’s Death 22 Aug 11

A judge has ruled that there is probable cause to charge 20-year-old Sergio Turrubiates Jr., of Olivia, with second-degree murder for the December 2010 death of 18-month-old Tiana Moore.

In an order filed Thursday in Renville County District Court, The West Central Tribune reports Judge Dwayne Knutsen also denied a motion by Turrubiates’ attorneys to suppress statements made by their client to County Sheriff Scott Hable. The judge concluded that Turrubiates’ statements were voluntary and that he was not in custody when then-Deputy Hable interviewed him at the sheriff’s office.

The order notes that Hable arrested Turrubiates later on in the interview, after the young man used a doll to show how he had shaken the child.

Turrubiates is being held on $2 million bond in the Renville County Jail.

Moore died of traumatic head injuries two days later, on December 24th, 2010, at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. Her death was ruled a homicide by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.

Turrubiates is scheduled for a jury trial beginning March 12th before Judge Knutsen.