On Wednesday, January 12, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Blake Dopirak, 23, with Abuse or Neglect of a Child – Resulting in Death, a Class A Felony.

According to a probable cause statement signed by a Manchester Police Department detective, shortly after 8 a.m. on January 2, emergency personnel responded to the defendant’s apartment on the 1600 block of Huntington Hill Drive in Manchester. Z.D., the defendant’s 4-year-old son, was unresponsive.

Z.D. was transported to a hospital and diagnosed with multiple head injuries, including subdural hematomas and retinal hemorrhaging, and died.

His death was a result of non-accidental closed head trauma. The defendant told detectives that he was alone with Z.D. at the time that Z.D. became unresponsive.

The defendant is in custody. The court set the bond for the defendant at $250,000, cash-only.