Bond set for Bradenton mother accused of killing her 4-year-old daughter

Bond set for mom charged with daughter's murder

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A Manatee County woman accused of killing her 4-year-old daughter 10 years ago will be able to be free on $250,000 bond, but must wear an ankle monitor.

Dominique Brewer appeared in court on Wednesday as the prosecution and defense reviewed the probable cause affidavit for her arrest. Though bond was set, deputies say Brewer is facing charges in two other counties and will likely remain behind bars.

Brewer is charged with homicide in the death of her daughter, 4-year-old Kelis Rucker. On August 14, 2009, EMS and the sheriff’s office were called to 46th Avenue West in Bradenton on reports of an unresponsive child. When EMS arrived, they found the little girl was cold to the touch. Though they tried to save her, Rucker was declared dead at the hospital.

Investigators questioned Brewer, who was 28-years old at the time. Detectives say Brewer gave several inconsistent statements while being interviewed and admitted to drug use prior to her daughter’s death.

An autopsy determined Rucker died of asphyxiation. According to the sheriff’s office, Brewer was unable to explain the injuries.

Brewer was not charged, but in 2017, the sheriff's office started to re-examine all aspects of the case.

This month, working with the State Attorney's Office, the decision was made to charge Brewer with homicide.

Detectives say they spent two weeks conducting more interviews and doing a complete review of all of the evidence before arresting Brewer, now 38-years old, on Monday.

After her arrest, Brewer was re-interviewed and afterwards was charged with homicide.

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