The Reporter (Vacaville)

Rio Vista man, 23, charged with death of infant son, gets prelim date

- By Richard Bammer rbammer@thereporte­ Contact reporter Richard Bammer at (707) 453-8164.

A preliminar­y hearing date has been scheduled for a 23-year Rio Vista man who was arrested in January in connection with the death of his 2-month-old son.

Court records show Tre Kenneth Clay was scheduled to appear Wednesday in Department 7 for a readiness conference and the setting of the hearing, and Judge Tim Kam ordered the defendant to return for another conference at 1:30 p.m. June 7 and the hearing, which will include evidence and witness testimony, at 9 a.m. June 22 in the Justice Building in Vallejo.

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office filed its complaint against Clay on Jan. 26 and entered a Ramey warrant, an arrest warrant issued by a judge before the prosecutor has filed formal charges, the matter heard by Judge William J. Pendergast in Department 11 and later transferre­d to Department 7. Clay faced a jail arraignmen­t on Jan. 29.

The Solano County Public Defender represents Clay, but it was unclear from court records what plea the defendant has entered. Besides first-degree murder, Clay faces a charge of child abuse resulting in death.

Taken into custody on Jan. 23 by Solano County Sheriff investigat­ors without incident at his home, Clay is suspected of severely injuring the infant, who later died at an East Bay hospital. He remains in Solano County Jail.

According to a press release issued by the Rio Vista Police Department, officers received a call during the evening of Jan. 18 about an infant with “suspicious injuries” who had been taken to Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center in Antioch.

The officers began an investigat­ion and immediatel­y requested the help of detectives from the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly after arriving at Kaiser Antioch, the infant was taken by ambulance to Oakland Children’s Hospital. Sheriff’s detectives responded to both hospitals and were told the infant had died from his injuries.

Detectives continued their interviews and evidence collection at both hospitals. A search warrant was obtained for a home on Fourth Street in Rio Vista, where investigat­ors believe the infant suffered life-ending injuries. Sheriff’s detectives and crime scene investigat­ors processed the scene and collected evidence, according to the statement.

During the following days, more interviews were conducted, camera footage reviewed, evidence processed, an autopsy performed, and behavioral experts consulted, which led to the arrest warrant for Clay.

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