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Prosecutor: Mom Was Willing in Boyfriend's Abuse of Her Baby

Jessica Lynn Howell's four-month old baby died of strangulation in December 2012.

Jessica Lynn Howell of O'Fallon has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her four-month-old daughter.
Jessica Lynn Howell of O'Fallon has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her four-month-old daughter.
In early May, Jordan Layfayette Prince of St. Charles was charged with first degree murder, abuse of a child and forcible sodomy. 

Now, his girlfriend and the mother of the infant, Jessica Lynn Howell of O'Fallon, is also charged in the abuse and murder of her four-month old daughter.

The St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney's office issued a press release Monday detailing the charges in the events leading to the December strangulation death of the infant.

The P.A.'s office reported that Howell had text communications in September 2012 with her boyfriend, Jordan Lafayette Prince, even though she was aware that he was a convicted sexual offender. 

Howell's texts indicated her willingness to allow Prince to engage in sexual activity with her infant daughter. On Dec. 2, 2012, she took the infant to Prince's home, where the child was strangled, struck and anally sodomized. 

Howell is also known by the last name of Peters. 

Howell has been charged with child abuse and second degree murder and is in custody on $1,000,000 bond.

Scott Simon June 18, 2013 at 12:42 AM
A dope looking like she's on dope.
paisleypears June 18, 2013 at 09:42 AM
This makes me want to vomit. They both need to be hung from a tree
Lonnie Wallace June 20, 2013 at 01:36 AM
I live in Kansas and a Friend had this story on her wall and the headline made me want to read this. I am normally not for the Death Penalty, I whether follow the Guidelines under the Laws, but this made me puke after reading this. We had a child abuse case that the City Police and the D.A. has not seen this worse. This made me think of our case. Our case wasn't this sinking, but it was sicking. I say put an EXPRESS LANE for the Gas Chamber for the two of them.
DGriffin July 01, 2013 at 03:34 AM
As soon as they are pronounced guilty take them out back and shoot them in the head. These animals can not be rehabilitated.

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