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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Child Homicide Arrest


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January 29, 2021

On Friday, October 9, 2020, Fort Myers Police Dispatch received a 911 call from 3324 Handy Court for a child not breathing. The 911 caller was identified as Quintavis Tarver. Emergency Medical Services and the Fort Myers Police Department responded and located a 17-month old child not breathing. The child was transported to Golisano Children’s Hospital where the child died on October 10, 2020. An investigation was immediately initiated by the Homicide Unit into the circumstances surrounding the child’s death. Tarver was identified as the boyfriend of the child’s mother and the caregiver of the child at the time.

On January 13, 2021, detectives received the autopsy report for the child which indicated that the manner of death was Homicide.

On January 29, 2021, Quintavis Tarver (07/12/1996) was arrested on the charge of Second Degree Murder pursuant to a warrant for his arrest being issued by the State Attorney’s Office.

Our hearts go out to the child’s family during this difficult time. These cases are never easy, and this is an example of excellent teamwork between the Fort Myers Police Department and the State Attorney’s Office.


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