Winston man charged with first degree murder in death of 2-year-old

"At approximately 5:50 p.m. on Aug.12, 2014, Emergency Medical Services personnel and officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department responded to 2850 Piedmont Circle on a reported medical emergency involving an unresponsive child.  Emergency Medical Services personnel immediately transported two year old Corey Joseph Plater to Brenner Children’s Hospital.  He was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.    

Detectives with the Winston-Salem Police Department assumed the investigation and determined that on the day in question; Corey Plater had been left in the care of two adults residing at 2850 Piedmont Circle.  One of those adults was identified as Daryl Jerome Reed.  At the time, Mr. Reed was in a dating relationship with a relative of the two year old child. 

In the months that followed, authorities continued their investigation into the death of Corey Plater.  Authorities with the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and determined the manner of death to be Homicide.    

On December 30, 2014, detectives arrested Daryl Jerome Reed, 24, 2850 Piedmont Circle in Winston-Salem, for First Degree Murder in connection with the death of Corey Plater.  Mr. Reed was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under no bond allowed.  A court date of January 15, 2015 has been set in this matter.

Daryl Reed’s prior arrests and convictions include a 2007 conviction for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.  According to local records, Mr. Reed was released from the custody of the North Carolina Department of Corrections in 2011. 

The investigation into the murder of two year old Corey Joseph Plater remains active and authorities ask that anyone with information call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

The death of Corey Plater marks the fifteenth homicide to occur in Winston-Salem in 2014.  A total of fifteen homicides occurred in Winston-Salem in 2013."

- A Police Report

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