Police looking for Ohio man charged in rape, murder of 13-month-old

Police say they responded Oct. 7 to a call about an unresponsive child at an apartment complex in Conneaut, roughly 70 miles northeast of Cleveland

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Joshua Gurto (Photo courtesy: WJET)

CONNEAUT, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say they are searching for a man accused of raping and killing a 13-month-old girl in northeast Ohio.

Conneaut Law Director Kyle Smith said Friday that his office filed charges of aggravated murder and rape against Joshua Gurto in the death of Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Blankenship-Sutley. Smith said an arrest warrant was issued for the 37-year-old Conneaut man.

Police say they responded Oct. 7 to a call about an unresponsive child at an apartment complex in Conneaut, roughly 70 miles northeast of Cleveland. They say the girl was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

WJET News in Erie reports that the baby is the daughter of Gurto’s 22-year-old girlfriend.

Conneaut police say the U.S. Marshals Service is now involved.

The Ashtabula County Coroner says the child had blunt-force injuries to her head and body.

Smith said he could not provide any additional details.

There was no public phone listing for Gurto.

If you have any information, including where Gurto may be, call the Conneaut Police Department at 440-593-7440.

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