Sylar Newton Investigation Results in Abuse Charge Against 'Custodial Grandmother'

24 December 2010   Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Public Information
The investigation into 2-year-old Sylar Newton's death has resulted in charges being brought against the 'custodial grandmother', Nancy Collins, 57, who is being sought by detectives. New charges have also been leveled against Christina Priem, the 'custodial mother'.

nancycollinsDetectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office have announced additional charges as a result of the ongoing investigation into the death of 2-year-old Sylar Newton. Today, detectives charged Christina Priem with one count of Child Abuse when done intentionally or knowingly. Her bond on this charge was set at $50,000. Priem’s total bond amount is currently $300,000 on all charges. Detectives have also announced a single charge of Child Abuse, when done recklessly, against 57-year-old Nancy Collins, Priem’s mother. The charges against Priem and Collins relate directly to events leading to Sylar Newton’s death while in their custody.

As of this afternoon, detectives have been unable to locate Collins and are seeking her arrest for a Child Abuse warrant. Collins is a white female about 5 feet in height. The attached driver’s license photo was taken in September of this year. If anyone has knowledge as to the whereabouts of Collins, please contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Detective John McDormett at 928-771-3260, or the law enforcement agency where Collins is located. Those with information on Collins may also call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Callers to Silent Witness remain anonymous and become eligible for a reward if Collins is arrested based on the tip.

Specific charging details have not been disclosed at this time.


December 7, 2010 -- Mom Arrested for Involving Minors in a Drug Offense
Suspect was Caretaker for Sylar Newton


Detectives have released further details regarding the criminal charges involving Priem. During the course of the investigation into Sylar’s death, detectives developed information that minor children under Priem’s care and control were exposed to illicit drugs. These incidents occurred during the time Priem and her family/friends, including Sylar, went camping at the Beaver Creek campground beginning Friday, July 23, 2010. Sylar was reported missing from the campground on Sunday, July 25, 2010. Although these charges do not pertain directly to Sylar, they result from an examination of activities at the campground which could lead to an understanding of Sylar’s disappearance and death. The circumstances surrounding the death of Sylar remain the primary focus of detectives as the investigation continues in earnest.

Priem was arrested yesterday at her place of employment in Flagstaff.

Priem’s bond was set today at $250,000. Her next court date is scheduled for December 14, 2010. This will be Priem’s Early Disposition hearing.

Detectives continue to take calls from anyone who might have additional information regarding the circumstances surrounding these charges against Christina “Tina” Priem. Those with information may contact Detective John McDormett at 928-771-3278

christinapriemDecember 6, 2010 - PRELIMINARY INFORMATION - Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau, have arrested 36-year-old Christina Priem for 3 counts of Involving a Minor in a Drug Offense. Preim was arrested in Flagstaff and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center late this afternoon.


Preim was the care taker of 2-year-old Sylar Newton who she reported missing this past July from the Beaver Creek Campground. In August, Sylar’s remains were found outside the Beaver Creek Campground area.

This arrest results from the ongoing investigation by YCSO into Sylar’s disappearance and death. Detectives have not released the specific charging details regarding the counts against Priem. Further information will be provided when available.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at
(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov