Reward Offered for Man Accused of Raping, Killing Infant

CONNEAUT, Ohio (EYT) – A man with western Pennsylvania connections is being sought by Ohio authorities for the rape and murder of a 13-month-old baby girl.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of 37-year-old Joshua Dale Gurto, who police believe is the boyfriend of the girl’s mother. Conneaut County law enforcement officials have issued a warrant for Gurto’s arrest.

The baby, Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Blankenship-Sutley, died after she was found October 7 with blunt force trauma to the head and body. The baby was buried on Monday.

According to various news accounts, Gurto was seen twice on Friday, October 13, at a GetGo convenience store in Girard, Erie County, Pa.

Gurto is described as being 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighing 145 pounds. He has a deformed right ear and a misaligned jaw. He has tattoos on his right forearm.

Gurto has ties to Ashtabula County, Ohio, and western Pennsylvania.

Anyone with information on Gurto’s whereabouts is asked to call the Conneaut Police at 440-593-7440.

The tip line accepts anonymous calls at 440-593-7423 or contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or text keyword “WANTED” and tip to 84711.

Tipsters can remain anonymous.


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