EAST HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — State Police in Westmoreland County have filed charges against a man in the death of an 11-month-old child in East Huntingdon Township.
KDKA’s Chris Hoffman Reports:
The manhunt was on earlier for Derrick Anthony Bass, 29, who goes by the nickname Hector. Law enforcement officials confirmed they have now captured the suspect.
Law enforcement official confirm the capture of accused child killer Derrick Bass in Ohio.. pic.twitter.com/ezEHBQdZG2
— Ross Guidotti (@RossGuidotti) July 16, 2019
On Twitter, State Police say the Western Pa. Fugitive Task Force and Ohio law enforcement took Bass into custody on homicide charges in Cleveland without incident.
The U.S. Marshals Service said Bass was apprehended on the 13000 block of Akpark Boulevard in Garfield Heights.
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He will remain at the Cuyahoga County Jail until he can be extradited back to Pennsylvania.
Thanks to the Western PA Fugitive Task Force & Ohio Law Enforcement Derrick Bass was taken into custody on homicide charges in Cleveland Ohio w/ out incident.
PSP Greensburg cannot thank you enough!
Thanks to all that called in w/ info and tips trying to help.
— Troop A Public Information Officers (@PSPTroopAPIO) July 16, 2019
Bass is charged with homicide, abuse of a corpse, theft, receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence.
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The baby was found inside the Laurel Hill housing complex on Gurley Drive late Saturday night. Police say the infant was unresponsive and cold to the touch.
According to state police, Bass had only been in a relationship with the little girl’s mother for a short time. He was watching the baby, named Niomie, and two of his own children at the home while the girl’s mother was at work.
When he didn’t show up to get her from work, the woman found a ride home. But when she got inside, no one was there and some of her electronics were missing.
UPDATE- Infant death Gurley Dr, E. Huntington Twp
Derrick Bass aka “Hector” is charged with Homicide of the 11 month child.
Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts PLEASE contact 911.
He may currently have reddish hair pic.twitter.com/qczZQuqEAZ
— Troop A Public Information Officers (@PSPTroopAPIO) July 15, 2019
State police say he called her at one point to say he had been stopped by law enforcement in Washington County, but investigators determined that was a lie.
The girl’s mother called police again after midnight to say she found the girl covered in blankets in her playpen. The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office was then also called to the scene, pronouncing her dead.
State police say they were able to recover the woman’s stolen electronics at Bass’s last known address in Uniontown.