User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


40° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Local Weather
Current Radar
Watertown, SD
Current Temp
36°
Details Humidity 97 
Watertown Web Cam
 

Watertown Police Investigating Baby's Death

By Erich Schaffhauser
Published: March 15, 2013, 6:00 PM


>
Watertown Police Investigating Baby's Death
Serenity Sea Boy

Click to watch video
WATERTOWN, SD -

A Watertown man faces a murder charge after police say he killed a baby girl.

Police and ambulance responded to a 911 call of an unconscious baby Wednesday. Fourteen-month-old Serenity Sea Boy died Friday.

Police arrested 25-year-old Jay Barse Wednesday. At first, he faced a felony battery charge; now he faces a second-degree murder charge.

First responders took the 14-month-old girl to a Watertown hospital Wednesday where doctors treated her for head trauma before sending her to Sioux Falls by air.  Watertown police questioned Barse at the police station and then arrested him.  He was the live-in boyfriend of Serenity's mother.

"At this time, the investigation is ongoing. But what's important is the person responsible for Serenity's death is in custody," detective Nic Ahmann said.

We spoke with the child’s family Friday. They chose not to do an interview this early in the investigation but shared a picture of Serenity celebrating her first birthday.

Barse will appear in court Tuesday morning. Police say they're still looking for potential evidence of abuse prior to Wednesday's incident.

"That's part of our investigation and that's why it's still ongoing. We're looking into all aspects," Ahmann said.

As a family waits for some of those details, their haunted by this one. A daughter, granddaughter and niece they had Wednesday, they don't have living with them anymore.

If convicted, Barse faces the possibility of life in prison.





© 2013 KELOLAND TV. All Rights Reserved.






RELATED STORIES







KELOLAND Community?
Don't see your community listed and want to share a news story or idea? Send an email to the KELOLAND Newsroom.