Arrest made in connection with November 2015 Odessa homicide

Arrest made in connection with November 2015 Odessa homicide
Jeremiah Garza (Source: Family members)
Jeremiah Garza (Source: Family members)

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Lori Creekmore is accused of leaving baby Jeremiah in a crib, face down while caring for him at Lorlee's Childcare.

Creekmore is listed as the owner of the business.

"it's definitely a tragic situation," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur with The Odessa Police Department (OPD).

Creekmore turned herself into Odessa Police Wednesday morning. Creekmore was indicted by a grand jury last month for criminal negligent homicide. That's when a warrant was issued for Creekmore's arrest through Ector County's District Court.

OPD started their investigation last November.

"We conducted a long investigation, upon the conclusion of our findings, our detectives reported them to the Ector County district attorney's office," said LeSueur.

Three and a half month old Jeremiah Garza was found dead in a crib when Odessa police arrived to the childcare center on the 2600 block of Madera Ave.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) issued the following statement, "Lorlee's Child Care was permitted by the State of Texas in 2001 as a licensed child care home. Child Care Licensing (CCL) is wrapping up a joint investigation with law enforcement to see whether abuse/neglect was a factor in this child death. The day care was told to cease operating pending the outcome of our investigation. We expect to be able to share our findings soon."

Child care homes are inspected at least once every two years. Creekmore's business was inspected five times during that time period.

During those inspections 17 violations were reported. The last five violations were noted July of 2014. All violations the child care center received were corrected within a two-week period.

"In this case it's important to know Creekmore has been charged at this time, she had not been convinced or found guilty," said LeSueur.

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