LH woman headed to court in death of 9-year-old boy
Bound over on all charges
LOCK HAVEN — Jamie Lynne Jackson, 36, charged with criminal homicide in the death of her 9-year-old nephew, was bound over on all charges by District Judge Keith Kibler following a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon at the Clinton County Courthouse.
Jackson is also charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child. She is scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 22.
The ruling came down after a two-hour hearing, as District Attorney David Strouse painted a horrible picture of Jackson beating Anson Landon Mitchell Stover “from head to toe,” and then concealing evidence to cover up what she had done.
A petite young woman, Jackson was present for the hearing, and appeared very nervous. Sitting beside her attorney, Public Defender Patrick Johnson, she was dressed in gray prison garb and shook her shackled legs continuously throughout the proceeding.
The most gruesome testimony came from Lock Haven City Police Detective Richard Simpson as he described the dozens of bruises and other injuries that were uncovered on Anson’s badly beaten body during an autopsy.
“It was the worst badly beaten body I have ever seen. There is not any part of his body that doesn’t have an injury,” Simpson said as he looked at photographs taken during the autopsy.
“He had a black eye, cut lip, gash on the chin, bruises on his face and head. His legs were covered with abrasions, bruises and open wounds. There were circular injuries that looked like cigarette burns. His genital area showed lacerations and blood,” Simpson continued.
The preliminary autopsy report listed the cause of death as either multiple blunt force injuries or blunt force injuries to the head. Simpson said more lab tests are being done to determine the extent of head injuries, which caused swelling and bleeding of the brain.
Lock Haven Police Officer Andrew Fisher testified that he discovered the boy’s body in a second floor bath tub on Monday, Nov. 30, at Jackson’s residence in the Lock Haven Gardens apartment at 657 E. Bald Eagle St.
He said Jackson’s father, Hugh Jackson, called police after receiving a frantic call from his daughter, who told him “something terrible had happened and she needed his help.” Jackson, who lives in New York, told Officer Fisher he had not spoken to his daughter in three years until that day and was driving to Lock Haven. He also told Officer Fisher that his daughter said she would kill herself if the police were called.
Officer Fisher said he would meet Hugh Jackson at Jamie’s home and when he and fellow Lock Haven Police Officer Gage Fischer approached the residence they found father and daughter in the doorway hugging.
Jamie Jackson adopted Anson and his three little sisters three years ago after their biological mother (Jamie’s sister) passed away. Jamie also has two daughters and she and the six children lived in the East Bald Eagle Street apartment.
Officer Fisher said Jamie became hysterical when she saw police enter the home, and Hugh Jackson told him, “Anson is gone.”
The officers said they found Anson deceased in the bathtub in the second floor bathroom. The bathtub was dry and he was fully clothed, they said. They said his hands were purple and he had bruising on his face, head and neck area and there was liquid coming from his mouth and nose.
Knowing the seriousness of the situation, Officer Fisher said he immediately called Detective Simpson to the scene. Jamie Jackson was advised of her Miranda Warnings and transported to City Hall for an interview, Simpson said.
Detective Simpson said Jamie told him Anson was a “self-destructive” boy who ruined things, destroyed toys and deliberately urinated on the floor.
“She told me one of her daughters told her she saw Anson in his room with tape around his neck. She said she used scissors to cut it off and he was still breathing. She said he was naked in his bedroom on the floor. She said she thought he was just faking, so she dressed him and put him in the bathtub. She told me he never moved, he never got out of the tub, and that he was faking it,” Simpson said. He said Jamie told him she checked on him several times over the next two days and Anson never responded and that she ‘realized he wasn’t there.'”
She told Simpson she thought Anson was faking and that she never saw any injuries on the boy that she felt were life threatening. She also told Simpson she never called 911 or police about Anson.
Asked about Anson’s body weight at the time of his death, Simpson said he weighed 54 pounds on the day of the autopsy. And at a doctor’s visit in March 2020, Anson weighed 71 pounds.
Strouse also asked Simpson about contents found in a Dumpster behind Jamie’s residence.
Simpson said they found empty beer cans, empty Clorox bottles, cleaning supplies like rags and prescription pill bottles with Jamie Jackson’s name on them. Also, a pair of jeans size 26R, a tank top and sports bra, Simpson continued, adding that during a search warrant of the home police found jeans of that exact size in her bedroom.
Simpson also testified that one of Anson’s sisters had what appeared to be a cigarette burn on her thigh.
During a second interview, Simpson said Jamie told him Anson “did all the injuries to himself.”
After the prosecution rested its case, Johnson asked that some of the charges against his client be dismissed.
“There is no significant evidence that my client committed any of those injuries,” Johnson said.
Strouse agreed that there was no confession or specific evidence that the defendant committed the crime, but that he offered enough circumstantial testimony to move this case forward on all counts.
“First she threatened to kill herself if police came, acted hysterical when they did, formulated a story that Anson did it to himself, that he was faking, urinating and deficating as a reason.
“She completely glossed over the reality of the situation when she saw him naked. She said she saw no injuries. His entire body was covered with injuries from head to toe. The autopsy showed injuries to his brain and cigarette burns of various ages.
“While in her care, the child lost 17 pounds… from March to November.
“Honestly there is no way anyone can look at his injuries and believe he’s okay. It’s completely beyond the realm of thought.
“She had no intention of calling 911 or the police.
“The evidence is clear. She attempted to cover up what she had done… concealing evidence… washing clothes… cleaning the carpet.
“Why do you do those things?
“Because you’re trying to cover up a murder!” Strouse said, asking that Jamie Jackson be held on all counts.
Without delay, Kibler ruled she be bound over on all counts.