Manatee County Sheriff's makes arrest in 10-year-old murder case
MANATEE COUNTY - The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest for the murder of a 4-year-old that occurred 10 years ago.
In August 2009, 4-year-old Kelis Rucker was found dead by detectives and EMS.
Her mother, Dominique Brewer, was the only other person in the home at the time of the her daughter's death by asphyxiation.
Brewer gave no explanation to the injuries Rucker received. Brewer was not arrested and the case went to the State Attorney's Office.
In 2017, detectives began to re-examine all aspects of the case and held numerous meetings with the State Attorney's Office.
On Monday, Brewer was arrested and charged with murder. She made her first court appearance Tuesday.
"The mom, the defendant, Dominique Brewer has been adamant from the beginning that the child had an accidental death but we feel very confident that the injuries based on the medical examiner's report and our detectives that these are the kind of injuries that wouldn't be caused by the child," Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Randy Warren said.