SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A man indicted for the 2016 death of a child on Skidaway Island enters a plea in Chatham County Superior Court.
Justin Remler, 24, was arraigned before Judge James Bass, Jr. Tuesday morning.
Remler is facing a trio of felonies, including murder, in the September 2016 death of two-year-old Tristan Mitchell.
Mitchell died at Remler’s parent’s home in the Landings on Skidaway Island, while reportedly in the care of Remler.
He was charged with Mitchell’s death in March 2017, after the autopsy revealed the toddler died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Mitchell’s aunt, April Baggarley says Tristan was a light in their lives. “He was wonderful. He was happy-go-lucky. He was not a bad child at all.” Baggarley said.
Remler was indicted earlier in the spring on three charges; malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault, all connected to Tristan’s death. His arraignment lasted less than ten minutes.
Remler entered a plea of not guilty.
Mitchell’s loved ones say they are waiting for justice in this case because Tristan was such a loving child, but that love has been cut off by violence.
“We don’t understand how anyone would hurt him, would give a person a reason to hurt him. It’s just one of the hardest things to have to deal with and he just loved everybody,” said Baggarley.
Remler remains in the Chatham County jail without bond.
The case trial is scheduled to begin November 7, 2017, in Chatham County Superior Court.