Man Arrested In 7-Year-Old’s Murder Originally Sought On Child Rape Charges
March 28, 2010
Florida (ChattahBox) – Jared Mitchell Harrell, a 24-year-old man being held on suspicion of the murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson, was originally arrested on 50 counts of sexual abuse against another young girl.
Harrell, who at the time of Somer’s murder was living with his parents on her school route, was originally sought in connection to a sexual abuse case against another unnamed victim, who he allegedly raped and recorded it.
He was charged with 50 counts such as sexual battery of a child under the age of 12, and creation and possession of child pornography.
Somer was walking home from school with her siblings when she got into a fight with another child and hurried ahead of them. When they arrived home she was not there.
Police believe Harrell kidnapped her en route, assaulted her and then murdered her.
Her body was found in a landfill 50 miles away in the state of Georgia.
Harrell has pleaded ‘not guilty’.