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Crime Q&A: What happened to Orangevale couple arrested in 5-year-old’s death?

Q: I’ve been following the Jessica Prater and Adam J. Caldwell case in the death of Jessica’s 5-year-old son Zachary back on June 3. What’s happening in this case?

Kimberly, Sacramento

A: Jessica Diane Prater, 32, and Adam Jay Caldwell, 40, remain in Sacramento County Jail awaiting trial in the death of 5-year-old Zachary Prater Stokes.

Both are charged with murder and assault resulting in the death of a child younger than 8 years old. Their next court date, for a settlement conference, is Jan. 6, according to Sacramento Superior Court records available online.

Zachary was found unresponsive June 2 at the Orangevale home he and his mother shared with Caldwell.

Sacramento County sheriff’s officials said dispatchers received a 911 call about 1:45 p.m. regarding a child who had drowned at a home in the 8700 block of Pershing Avenue. Fire department personnel arrived and the boy was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities said Zachary’s injuries could not be attributed to drowning.

Prater and Caldwell, who is not the boy’s biological father, were at the home at the time of the incident, sheriff’s officials said. The two were arrested the following day.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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