Bond set for man accused in death of Carroll County boy

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CARROLL COUNTY, Ohio (WTRF) – UPDATE: 9/5/19 5:30 p.m:

Matthew Little appeared in front of Judge Michael Repella II on Thursday.

His bond was set at $10 million.

Stay with 7news for the latest details.

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An arrest has been made in the death of 14-year-old Jonathan Minard.

Matthew Little was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a grand jury indicted him on 15 criminal charges including involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, endangering children and gross abuse of a corpse.

Minard was first reported missing on April 13. His body was found in a shallow grave on a farm in Washington Township six days later.

Autopsy and toxicology tests showed Minard’s cause of death as acute fentanyl intoxication.

According to the Carroll County Prosecutor Steve Barnett, Minard and Little were family friends.

“Jonathan has spent time working with Mr. Little on the family farm,” Barnett explained.

The same farm where Jonathan Minard was found buried, and the same farm where Matthew Little was arrested on Wednesday.

“Matthew Herbert Little was taken into custody earlier this afternoon by sheriff’s deputies after service of the indictment was made,” continued Barnett. “Little remains held in the Carroll County Jail pending a bond hearing that will occur tomorrow afternoon, approximately 2:00 p.m.”

During his remarks, Sheriff Dale Williams took time to thank citizens who helped search for Jonathan, as well as his detective bureau.

“My guys worked on this case diligently for the past few months,” he said. “I want to thank the FBI for their help and helping our detectives work on this case.”

When asked about Little’s reaction to his arrest, the Sheriff gave a brief answer.

“In my opinion, he didn’t seem concerned.”

Little will have a bond hearing at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Stay with 7News for continued updates.

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