Lawyer wants statements suppressed in Jeremiah Oliver case

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – The lawyer for a Massachusetts man charged with assaulting a 5-year-old boy whose body was discovered in a suitcase off a highway is asking a judge to suppress evidence in his client’s case.

Jeremiah Oliver was last seen alive in September 2013, but wasn’t reported missing until December 2013. His remains were found off Interstate 190 in Sterling in April 2014. No one has been charged in his death.

Alberto Sierra and the boy’s mother are awaiting trial on assault and reckless endangerment charges related to the alleged abuse of Jeremiah and his siblings.

Sierra’s lawyer says that statements his client allegedly made to a jailhouse informant days before authorities discovered Jeremiah’s body were obtained in violation of Sierra’s constitutional rights.

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