New York police have made a second arrest in the case surrounding the tragic death of 11-year-old Jacelyn O’Connor, as reported by ABC 10.
Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, 34, of Norwich, N.Y., was charged with first-degree murder on Friday. This arrest is in addition to the recent apprehension of James Brower, 36, who has also been charged with first-degree murder, as Crime Online recently reported. An autopsy confirmed that the child died by asphyxiation due to being smothered.
Brower killed O’Connor during the course of first-degree rape, according to a criminal complaint. It is unclear if Rundstrom-Wooding is alleged to have assisted with the gruesome crime or acted as a ringleader. The 34-year-old was arrested and arraigned in Chenango County Court. Afterward, he was sent to Chenango County Jail without bail, pending further court proceedings.
Rundstrom-Wooding will appear in Chenango County Court in Norwich on Monday, USA Today has noted.
Brower is believed to have some distant familial connection with the victim but Rundstrom-Wooding’s connection remains completely unknown. A felony hearing for 36-year-old Brower is scheduled for Tuesday. He has also been denied bail, pending further hearings.
Jacelyn O’ Connor was beloved by her family, friends and community, with her school district noting she was a “bright, spunky loved student.” Family and friends are holding a candlelight vigil for the deceased on Monday evening.
The investigation into the 11-year-old’s death is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact New York State Police in Norwich at 607-334-3296.
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