Friday, October 19, 2007

Detectives seek clues in the case of murdered 8-week-old

Amy L. Edwards

Sentinel Staff Writer

5:08 PM EDT, October 19, 2007

Polk County detectives are asking the public for information that can help them determine who killed an 8-week-old Haines City boy.

Zachary Ernie Durham, who was born Aug. 1, was found unresponsive in his parent's Haines City home Sept. 28, a Polk County Sheriff's Office report said.

The Medical Examiner's office determined Zachary died of "shaken baby syndrome" and the case was ruled a homicide. Sheriff's Office Chief W.J. Martin said the infant suffered massive brain injuries.

The Sheriff's Office said detectives interviewed Zachary's relatives. Martin said detectives have narrowed the focus to one suspect, but would not say whom.

A cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case is being offered through Heartland Crime Stoppers. Tips can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

Information can also be reported to the Sheriff's Office at 863-533-0344 or 1-800-226-0344.

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