Trial in Concord toddler’s death set for summer 2018

  • Jocarl Bureau at his arraignment in Concord’s district court in February 2017. Bureau was arrested in Manchester in connection with the death of his 3-year-old daughter Jayleah Bureau. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Friday, October 13, 2017

The jury trial of a father accused of killing his 3-year-old daughter in Concord last year is scheduled for next summer.

Jocarl Bureau, 23, faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Jayleah Bureau on March 15, 2016. Jayleah died of blunt-force trauma in an Eagle Bluffs condominium in Concord, where she lived with her father and mother, according to investigators.

Bureau could stand trial as early as next June, with a final pretrial conference set for May 17. However, the case could also be resolved with a plea agreement; Bureau has until early April to negotiate a deal with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office should he decide to do so.

Bureau has previously denied responsibility for Jayleah’s death, saying his daughter died by choking on her eggs and apple juice that morning. But prosecutors allege Facebook messages exchanged between Bureau and Jayleah’s mother, Loreal Williams, show the father had admitted to beating his child on prior occasions to discipline her.

Prosecutors levied the second-degree murder charge against Bureau approximately 11 months after Jayleah’s death.

Neighbors reported seeing Bureau running out of the residence holding Jayleah’s limp body, crying for help as emergency responders arrived.

Police said Bureau never dialed 911 that March morning. Instead, he called the girl’s mother at her workplace seven times. When Williams received the messages, she called 911 and asked emergency personnel to respond to the house, according to court testimony.

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

An autopsy performed a day later showed Jayleah died from massive internal bleeding after a vein in her stomach was severed. Jayleah had multiple head contusions and bruising around her scalp, cheek, hips, buttocks, wrist and the back of her hands, the medical examiner noted in her report.

Bureau is being held without bail.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)