A man has been charged with the murder of a young boy, nine years after the lifeless body of a five-year-old child was discovered inside a suitcase. In a tragic turn of events, a Massachusetts resident, Alberto L. Sierra Jr., aged 32, was brought before the court and entered a plea of not guilty to the murder charge on Thursday, as reported by NBC Boston.
The accused, a resident of Fitchburg, stands accused of taking the life of Jeremiah Oliver, a young child who also resided in the same city of approximately 42,000 inhabitants, located about 20 miles north of Worcester.
Jeremiah was reported missing in late 2013, and it wasn’t until April 18, 2014, that his lifeless body was found concealed inside a suitcase near the I-190 in Sterling, according to statements made by the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.
The medical examiner’s office conducted an investigation into the cause of death, ruling it as homicide, while the exact nature of the lethal violence remains undetermined, as stated by the prosecutor’s office.
Following recent events, Sierra was apprehended on Wednesday on charges of murder and unlawful removal of a corpse, as disclosed by NBC Boston. Currently, he remains incarcerated without the possibility of bail. Unfortunately, the available online records do not indicate whether he has sought legal representation.
The press release from the district attorney’s office did not provide detailed information regarding the circumstances that led to the recent arrest and subsequent charges.
It is worth noting that in 2017, Sierra pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery against the child’s mother and two of her three children, as stated by the district attorney’s office at the time. He was handed a prison sentence ranging from six to seven years.
However, until that point, he had not faced any charges related to the death of the young boy.
The boy’s mother, Elsa Oliver, also pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges of assault and battery, as well as two counts of reckless endangerment of a child. Consequently, she received a prison sentence of 7 1/2 years, according to information provided by the district attorney’s office.
Prior to Jeremiah’s disappearance, Elsa Oliver and her children had been involved with the state Department of Children and Families.
In the aftermath of this tragic incident, a report by the state Office of the Child Advocate revealed that a social worker, who failed to make regular visits to Oliver and her children, along with two supervisors, were terminated from their positions.