State to seek death penalty against father accused of drowning toddler

A Lady Lake man could face the death penalty if he is convicted of murdering his 18-month-old daughter.

Jeremy Main was taken into custody Oct. 9 after he turned himself in at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Annex in The Villages. Hours earlier, Main had called his wife, who was at work in Ocala. He reportedly told her he had killed their daughter. She made a frantic 911 call and soon Lake County sheriff’s deputies rushed to her home on Redbug Road in rural Lady Lake.

Deputies forced their way into the home after there was no answer at the door. They discovered the little girl had been drowned in a bathtub. Main had fled the home.

Jeremy Main with his young daughter.

The 39-year-old continues to be held without bond at the Lake County Jail.

Last week, Assistant State Attorney Hugh Dean Bass Jr. filed a notice indicating the state will seek the death penalty in the case.

In the filing, Bass indicates the crime was “especially heinous” and was “committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification.”

Main’s wife has filed for divorce.