JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown man considered a person of interest in the 2014 death of a toddler has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter.
The indictment against 35-year-old Tyler Perez was handed down on Monday and came after he was initially sent to the county jail without bail on a warrant Friday, stemming from a charge of first-degree manslaughter by an adult against a victim under the age of 11.
In April 2014, 16-month-old Nayla Hodnett of 218 1/2 Newland Ave was taken to WCA Hospital’s emergency room by her mother before being flown to Buffalo Women & Children’s Hospital for further treatment. The child later died of her injuries. An autopsy determined the child died of blunt-force trauma.
A few weeks following the death Perez was named as a person of interest in the case but was not formally charged in the case until Monday’s indictment.
The Jamestown Police Department says Perez pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned Monday and bail was set at $500,000 cash. He is being represented by Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone.