2-year anniversary of infant's day care center death, case still unsolved

SAN DIEGO - San Diego police Friday marked the two-year anniversary of an 11-month-old boy's death by asking for the public's help with identifying his killer.

Louis Michael Oliver lost consciousness on May 23, 2012, while at San Diego Daycare at 4381 Mount Davis Ave. in the Clairemont Mesa West area, according to police. Paramedics rushed Louis to Rady Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead the following morning -- four days shy of his first birthday.

"An autopsy revealed the case was a homicide and the case remains unsolved," police said. "Detectives believe the murder occurred at the daycare facility."

Louis suffered head and spine trauma, according to published reports.

San Diego Daycare lost its operating license after Louis' death but no one has been prosecuted in regards to the homicide.

On Friday, Mike Oliver told 10News, "My son was murdered and that's not going to go away."

Speaking at their home in Clairemont, Louis' mother, Cristina, said she can't understand why their baby was killed.  

"Always cheerful, always happy; very shocking to us that someone could hurt our son," said Cristina Oliver.

Acting SDPD Lt. Manuel Del Toro said it is a very active investigation.  

"First and foremost, the owner of the daycare facility would be one of our persons of interest," Del Toro said.

James Nemeth ran San Diego Daycare until his license was revoked. He has refused to answer any questions from police or 10News.

Parents who used the daycare may have seen something and both homicide detectives and San Diego Crime Stoppers want to hear from them.  

"Anybody with any experience in there, positive or negative, would be of great help to us in the case," Del Toro said.

Mike Oliver admits to having a tough time stepping back from the investigation, being in law enforcement himself -- serving as a supervisor with the U. S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force.

"Devastating with no … with no answers," he said.

Oliver wears a shirt that says "Avenging Lou" and he wears two necklaces.  

"It has his name on it, Louis Michael, and this was his thumbprint," he said.

There's an older brother and a new baby sister, and Cristina Oliver said, "It's nice having her here because she was definitely sent for a reason, to be with us to help us through the traumatic event of losing Louis."

Mike Oliver vowed, "I'm going to do all I can for my boy to get him justice. I'm not going to stop until I get it."

Anyone with information about Oliver's death was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tips leading to an arrest in the case could be worth a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000.

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