Man accused of murdering infant denied bail


The man accused of murdering a 14-month old infant in Lacey was ordered held without bail in the Thurston County Jail today.

Eric Richard Boudreau, 32, is accused of 2nd-degree murder in the killing on November 11, 2022 during a period of a few hours when he was caring for the child.

Court documents accuse Boudreau of beating his then girlfriend’s infant to death and then failing to call promptly for medical assistance, with the child suffering injuries in his skull, brain and head.

The infant, referred to as J.A.M., had various injuries “consistent with being smothered” and “bruises on the infant’s hands and the bottoms of his feet,” according to documents presented at the probable cause hearing yesterday.

“The medical pathologist ruled these injuries could not have been the result of an accident, as claimed by the defendant,” according to documents filed by the prosecuting attorney. The same document quoted a paramedic who responded on November 11 as having said, “there wasn’t a square inch of his body that didn’t have a bruise.”

Boudreau has been a suspect since the day of the event but was not arrested until this past Wednesday, March 22. The prosecutor explained that officials needed time to complete the autopsy, receive the official report from the medical examiner, which came on March 2.

The judge set Boudreau’s arraignment hearing for Tuesday, April 4 at 9 a.m.


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