New manslaughter indictment filed in toddler death case

  • Jocarl Bureau at his arraignment in Concord’s district court in March 2017 on second-degree murder charges. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A father accused of killing his 3-year-old daughter in Concord faces a new manslaughter charge.

A Merrimack County grand jury indicted Jocarl Bureau, 23, this month on the felony, which will replace a similar manslaughter indictment handed up by a different grand jury in June, the attorney general’s office said. The new charge includes additional language, alleging that Bureau “recklessly caused serious bodily injury” to his 3-year-old daughter, Jayleah Bureau.

Bureau also faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Jayleah died of blunt-force trauma on March 15, 2016. A state medical examiner concluded that she suffered massive internal bleeding after a vein in her stomach severed.

Prosecutors allege that Bureau was the only one home with Jayleah that day, and that he never dialed 911. Instead, he called the girl’s mother, Loreal Williams, at her workplace seven times. When Williams received the messages, she called 911 and asked emergency personnel to respond to the house, according to prior court testimony.

Jayleah was transported to Concord Hospital, but she never regained consciousness.