Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dad admits killing 1-year-old daughter; didn't want "his responsibilities of being a father" (Pasadena, California)

Yet another father who shouldn't have been encouraged to become "involved." Should have been left to his own selfish thang. No mention of the baby's mother. Working? Was this a custody/visitation situation? As usual, there's a media blackout on the issue as to why and how this baby was in the "care" of her father, MARQUISE JACKSON.

Police: Father confesses to killing infantBrian Charles, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/29/2011 05:19:08 PM PDT

PASADENA - Police on Monday announced the arrest of Marquise Jackson on suspicion of murder in connection with death of his 1-year-old daughter.

Jackson, 21, of Pasadena, was arrested in Lancaster by Pasadena police officers. He is accused of suffocating his daughter, Mo'Nayjah Jackson.

Jackson appeared in a Pasadena Superior Court, Dept. D on Monday for his arraignment. The court proceeding was postponed until Sept. 12, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court officials.

Jackson is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, officials said.

In May, members of the Pasadena police and fire departments came to the aid of 1-year-old Mo'Nayjah in the 100 block of West Del Mar Boulevard. The child was not breathing and attempts to resuscitate the girl were unsuccessful, according to a Police Department statement.

The girl's death was deemed suspicious.

The case broke Thursday when Marquise Jackson confessed to the killing, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.

"He (said he) wanted to be alleviated of his responsibilities of being a father," Ibarra said.

Marquise Jackson has no other children, Ibarra said.

However, the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner investigation remains open. A meeting on the probe into the little girl's death is expected today, Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.

In a statement, Pasadena police Chief Phillip Sanchez said infanticide can exact an emotional toll on officers.

"Crimes involving innocent children are especially horrific. Police officers take these types of crimes to heart," Sanchez said. "It is satisfying knowing that the person responsible for murdering this little girl is in custody."

Pasadena police delayed releasing information on Marquise Jackson's arrest for four days.

Staff scheduling played a part in the delay, as did the department's desire to have the charges filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office before making the announcement, Ibarra said.

"We were continuing the investigation on Thursday and there was no one here on Friday to answer media calls," Ibarra said.

"Besides the (District Attorney) hadn't reviewed it and we were not sure we would have a filing," she added.

Several top ranking members of the Pasadena Police Department, including those responsible for handling media inquiries, were either on vacation or not in the office on Friday, Ibarra said.