Homicide victim’s siblings safe, DA says
LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County district attorney said Friday he was not yet able to provide more information about the death of 9-year-old Anson Mitchell Stover as tributes pour in for the 9-year-old and rumors swirl around his aunt being charged with his death.
Stover’s alleged beaten and battered body was found fully clothed and in a bathtub in the apartment of his aunt, Jamie Lynne Jackson, 36, on Monday, though police allege Jackson tried to cover up the crime and didn’t immediately report it.
Jackson was formally charged Wednesday with criminal homicide after police allege she shampooed the carpet and cleaned the deceased boy’s room and other parts of the residence prior to the child being pronounced dead at approximately 4:15 p.m. Monday by Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna.
Five other children lived in the apartment in the Lock Haven Gardens.
District Attorney Dave Strouse on Friday assured The Express that there are “no safety concerns for the children whatsoever right now,” though he declined to say where they’re staying.
A student at Robb Elementary School, Stover lived with his aunt, a number of siblings and two of Jackson’s children since about 2017 after his biological mother had passed away, according to police.
Police were alerted to the residence by Jackson’s estranged father, Hugh Jackson.
Upon arriving at the apartment, police said they found Stover’s body and discovered that Jackson had been shampooing the carpet and cleaning the deceased boy’s room.
The woman told Lock Haven City Police Detective Rich Simpson that Anson had injured himself in the days prior to their arrival.
She further claimed to have found him in his room, unclothed and seriously injured with an unknown substance coming from his mouth.
She admitted, according to the detective’s affidavit, that she washed Anson, clothed him and placed him in the upstairs bathtub where he remained for perhaps up to two days.
What’s more, police allege Jackson disposed of various items in the apartment, showered, slept, and cared for the other children in the home while Anson was lifeless.
Jackson told Det. Simpson that Anson did not move from the bathtub after she placed him there, and she assumed later he had died.
Yet, the boy’s aunt did not call 911 or seek any medical help, police allege.
District Attorney Strouse said simply, “The investigation is ongoing” when asked if there’s more to the crime.
An autopsy revealed Anson suffered multiple injuries to the head, neck, torso, arms, legs and pelvic area.
However, due to the extensive nature of the injuries, “a final cause of death was not immediately available and is pending additional forensic examination,” Strouse said.
A message left Friday with the Clinton County Children and Youth agency went unasnwered by press time last night.
Anson’s father, Shawn Stover, received a flood of condolences after posting about his passing on his social media page.
“Sorry for your loss … such a sweet boy,” read one response.
Another read, “I worked at Robb Elementary for 6 years. I’ve interacted with those kids countless times. Never once was there any red flags. They were always happy, kind, helpful, sweet, clean, nice clothes, new shoes, the girls hair was always done up real nice … never saw a bruise or cut, never heard any of the kids utter anything other than love for their family. My heart is so broken. It just goes to show you really never know what’s going on behind closed doors. The neighbors that are saying they have heard things through the walls though … I’m really wondering why those individuals never reported anything?”
“My heart is breaking into a million pieces he was the sweetest little boy!! I’m so sorry Shawn,” read another.
Jamie Jackson, meanwhile, remains in the Clinton County Prison without bail.
She has been charged with criminal homicide, two counts aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and misdemeanor counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, abuse of corpse and concealing death of a child.
The Keystone Central School District is reacting to Stover’s death with sadness and counseling services.
Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin, at Thursday night’s school board meeting, said, “Earlier this week, we learned of the unexpected and tragic death of one of our students, Anson Stover. Anson was a fourth-grader at Robb Elementary and will be remembered by his teachers and friends for his kind heart and smile.
“While our classes are continuing remotely, the district has had in-person counseling available since Tuesday at Robb (Elementary) and Central Mountain Middle School in addition to TeleHealth services. These services will continue throughout next week as well. If we need to extend them, we’ll consider extending that. If anyone is in need of support over the weekend or anytime, please contact the Clinton County Crisis Hotline at (570) 748-2262 or any of our counselors.”
Strouse asked that if anyone knows anything about the boy and the family that may be helpful to the investigation to call his office at 570-893-4141, or Lock Haven City Police at 570-893-5911.