BROOMFIELD, Colo. – A man accused of brutally killing a 4-year-old family member Thursday was charged with first-degree murder and denied bond Friday morning in a Broomfield court.
The Broomfield judge also Friday sealed the case for Emanuel Joseph Doll, 25, who was arrested Thursday morning in the boy’s death.
Though police have not said what his exact cause of death was, they said the boy had “a massive amount of trauma,” and dispatch calls said the boy was killed with an ax – something police have yet to confirm.
A neighbor of the home where the alleged killing happened said Doll was the boy’s uncle.
Police said Thursday that dispatchers originally received a 911 hang-up call from the address Thursday morning, then a request for medical assistance. When officers arrived at the home near West 136th Avenue and Stuart Court, they found the boy, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Doll is a 2010 graduate of Broomfield High School. He was charged with third-degree assault in December 2014 and charged in April 2016 with criminal mischief and obstruction of justice.
He will be held without bond at the Broomfield Detention Center through the weekend and is again due in court Tuesday afternoon, where the judge is expected to readdress the sealing of Doll’s affidavit and warrant.
Broomfield police were still at the scene of the boy’s death for evidence processing Friday morning; one officer said they could be working at the home through Saturday.
Several Broomfield residents have placed flowers, and stuffed animals, on the sidewalk adjacent to the Doll family's residence.
Danielle Bejtja told Denver7, "It's just a little way to leave a token and to let them know that they're not alone in this community. There's a lot of people thinking and praying for them."
Bejtja said what happened was definitely a horrible situation.
"I know everybody's hearts are breaking," she said. "So our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, even with what's happened with this young man, because he was somebody's child too."