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WA Man Charged In Son’s Slaying

kramerPolice charged a Washington state man in the murder of his 3-year-old son, a day after he was arrested while washing blood off his clothes in a southwestern Montana convenience store restroom. 38-year old Jeremy Cramer of Lacey, has been charged in the homicide. The boy's mother told police on Monday that her husband had taken their child from their Lacey home and was not returning cellphone calls or messages.

Police requested help from law enforcement in eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana in a search for the boy after the 31-year-old woman reported her husband's fuel card was used in Moses Lake.

A convenience store clerk in Anaconda, Montana called police late Monday night after finding Cramer washing blood off himself in the restroom.

Investigators later found Cramer's vehicle in a rural area near Mill Creek Road, about 5 miles southeast of Anaconda.

An initial search turned up no sign of the boy Monday night, but his body was found after the search resumed yesterday.

The cause of death has not yet been determined and the boy's name has not been released. He said that Cramer had only lived in Lacey about a year, and had a Montana driver's license. He said that police had never been called out to the home previously.

Cramer appeared in court Tuesday, where he asked to be represented by a public defender. Bond was set at $250,000.

Nic Scott/July 10, 2013