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City Man Facing Murder Charge In Infant’s Death

A Jamestown man was arraigned Monday morning on an eight-count indictment connected to the death of an eight-month-old.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt announced Sean Thomas, 26, was charged with second-degree murder and other crimes related to the death of Aniyah Turk.

Thomas is accused of intentionally strangling and shaking Aniyah on April 22 and earlier, which caused catastrophic and unrecoverable injuries requiring her hospitalization on life support until she eventually succumbed to her injuries in May.

“This is the second indictment arising from two baby deaths occurring in the city of Jamestown in April,” Schmidt says. “It comes as the result of a comprehensive investigation conducted by investigators and juvenile detectives of Jamestown Police Department. Their efforts and professionalism deserve special recognition.”

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