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Former Pottsville Man Arrested in Reading on Infanticide Charge

cordell thomas arrest warrant murder

cordell thomas arrest warrant murder

A former Pottsville man was arrested Friday and charged with murdering his 3-month-old son.

According to Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht, his office along with the US Marshal Task Force took 22-year-old Cordell Thomas into custody in Reading. Thomas was apprehended in the 300 block of Pine St. in Reading.

Pottsville PD filed a third-degree murder charge and other charges against Thomas for the October death of his 3-month-old son, Mateo. The baby died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

The incident which led to the infant’s death happened in late-September.

Earlier this month, the infant’s mother, Destiny Rodriguez, posted an emotional video to Facebook pleading for justice for her son:

Thomas, who court records show was living in Reading at the time of his arrest Friday, is now in Schuylkill County Prison without bail and charged with the following:

  • 3rd degree murder
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Aggravated assault
  • Simple assault
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Endangering the welfare of children


Image: Eric Weaknecht, Berks County Sheriff

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