Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dad charged with murder of 11-month-old son; fatherhood program rep makes excuses (El Paso, Texas)

Dad ADAM JACKSON is charged with capital murder in the death of his infant son. He treated this baby with utter brutality, then COVERED UP THE EVIDENCE and did nothing to seek medical help.

And what does Jose Alamillo, "father facilitator" for the Child Crisis Center of El Paso, say? He makes excuses. Daddy was stressed. Fathers have "different expectations from society." And he uses the opportunity to market and push MORE fatherhood programs that promote this drivel.

In others words, it's not Daddy's fault. It's society or some other amorphous cloud that can't be held responsible in a court of law.  Just what vicious criminals want to hear.

Fort Bliss father facing murder charge dropped 11-month-old son into crib

Updated: Wednesday, March 19 2014, 09:32 PM MDT

By: Jesse Martinez and Gina Benitez

EL PASO, Texas -- The arrest affidavit for a Fort Bliss father accused of killing his 11-month-old son details the events that led to the baby’s death.

As KFOX14 previously reported, Adam Jackson, 22, was left to care for his son Aidan Jackson on Feb. 7. The next morning, the child was found unresponsive and taken to El Paso Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

At the time, police were told by medical staff that the victim’s injuries seemed suspicious, and an autopsy showed the baby had a skull fracture and injuries to his throat and ankle.

According to court documents, Adam Jackson, who is an Army private first class stationed at Fort Bliss and assigned to 1st Armored Division, was left to care for Aiden Jackson while the mother left to run errands around 10 p.m.

When the mother returned two hours later, Adam Jackson said the baby was crying and had been put to sleep. It wasn’t until 11:30 a.m. that Adam Jackson found the baby unresponsive and called out to the mother, who performed CPR, according to the documents.

A search warrant at the apartment complex at 3333 Zion St. led police to find blood inside the crib and bloody clothing belonging to the child at a nearby dumpster, documents stated.

Adam Jackson later confessed to investigators that he grew frustrated with the baby crying and dropped him in the crib from shoulder height, the affidavit stated.

He later checked on the baby after smelling feces and found that Aiden Jackson had vomited with signs of blood.

Adam Jackson claims he told the mother about the bloody vomit. However, she denies every receiving that information.

Adam Jackson admitted to cleaning up the baby and throwing the soiled clothes in the dumpster.

"There's a lot of triggers for child abuse and neglect. Stress is one of them. Lack of knowledge about child development, sometimes the parents are going through their own financial issues," said Jose Alamillo, father facilitator for the Child Crisis Center of El Paso.

Alamillo works with dads through issues they may be going through to prevent neglect and abuse.

"I think sometimes fathers have different expectations from society because they're supposed to be unbreakable, the strong tower in the home, someone who never stresses, someone who never gets mad," Alamillo said.

Alamillo said there are resources out there, people just have to be willing to ask for help.

"We offer parenting classes, we offer the fatherhood program, and within our crisis nursery, families can leave the kids here 24 hours or longer depending if they have a crisis. It's OK to call someone, it's OK to call a relative, it's OK to call a neighbor and say, 'You know what? Can you take care of my baby for awhile while I calm down because I feel like I can't do it at this point,'" Alamillo said.

Aiden Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide, and Adam Jackson was arrested on a capital murder charge on Feb. 24. His bail was set at $250,000.

Lt. Col. Lee Peters, a spokesperson for Fort Bliss, released the following statement:

"As this occurred off Fort Bliss, we are cooperating with the El Paso Police Department as they maintain jurisdiction in this case. Because this is an ongoing criminal case, we cannot comment further about Pfc. Jackson's situation."