Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dad accused of killing 4-year-old daughter awarded full custody three years ago (Jacksonville, Florida)

Thank you for starting to look into this case, CBS. But why are all the documents redacted? Is it for political reasons, so DCF doesn't look even worse than it already does, with the recent murder of Phoebe Jonchuck by her custodial father?

Dad is identified as JOHN NORFLEET.

Posted: 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Father accused of killing 4-year-old awarded full custody of child 3 years ago

By Lorena Inclán

New court documents shed more light into the life of a little girl who ended up dead, police say, at the hands of her father and stepmother.

Action News has scoured through several pages of documents involving the custody of 4-year-old Jada Norfleet and her older sister. Norfleet, 31, is now facing murder and aggravated child abuse charges, accused of killing his daughter Jada, 4.

There's about 60 pages worth of information on child support and the divorce between John Norfleet, and his ex-wife and biological mother of two of his daughters. The court awarded Norfleet full custody of the girls three years ago.

He later met Shavonn Norfleet. They married and had another child. The family of five lived in an apartment home in the Southside, where police say Jada was beaten to death with a piece of lumber and died Jan. 30.

In 2012, John Norfleet filed a dissolution of marriage with dependent children form against his previous wife in Monroe County. A year later, a motion over child support payments was filed.

The documents are heavily redacted, leaving out things like why the couple split.

But on one page John Norfleet wrote, "Wife does not wish to salvage marriage" as part of the reason.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is now investigating Jada’s death. Meanwhile, her siblings are in protective custody.

We know one of John Norfleet's relatives lives in Jacksonville. We've tried going to her home to speak with her several times without any luck.