Jaydon James Hoberg
February 9, 2005 - July 18, 2006
A Grave Memorial
While his mother, Billie Hilleary, slept
Hoberg was suffering a terrible nightmare downstairs, at the hands of
mothers live in boyfriend of five months. Jaydon's face was smashed
a couch cushion while John White was raping him. Jaydon died of
Interestingly, Jaydon had suffered a
broken leg which
brought CPS into his life. Though the broken leg was found to have been
an accident, the CPS worker, obviously suspicious for some
asked about sexual abuse and was told that nothing of that nature was
place. CPS had investigated Jaydon's broken leg only two
months before his death:
"The investigation was related
to a broken
leg that was deemed to be an accidental injury"
Billie Hilleary has never been in any
and John White apparently was arrested and convicted of a misdemeanor
of theft in 1998 for which he served 100 days in jail.
After Jaydon died, John White was
arrested and charged
with the rape of Jaydon. John told paramedics that he had been taking a
nap on the couch, which Jaydon and when he woke up, he found Jaydon to
be unconscious and that his head was stuck under a pillow. Part of that
conversation was heard on an open 911 line"
long ago did this happen, sir?
John White - "I don't
know how long.
He was under there on his face. Then I woke up. It was probably about a
minute and a half, and I was trying to work on him. Then I went and got
"He said, 'he's not breathing.
I'm sorry. I'm
sorry. And he just kept telling me he's sorry"
Billie said she looked at her son and
serious the situation truly was:
"He was just laying there. He
was limp. His
eyes were rolled back in his head"
A search warrant was given and the
care of Jaydon at Children's Hospital found evidence of a sexual
Evidence was collected from John White, genital swabs, oral swabs and
scrapings were taken. In July of 2006 John White was charged with the
Billie and John had met while both
worked at Walmart,
stocking shelves. In February of 2006, she and Jaydon moved into his
On the day of the sexual assault, Billie had laid down to get some rest
before she had to go in to work:
"I was upstairs asleep trying
to get rest for
work. When I went upstairs to lay down I even
listened to them play before I
Only one hour later, John woke Billie
up with the
news that Jaydon was not breathing. Jaydon was taken to Children's
and the doctors were unable to revive him:
"When they couldn't revive
Jaydon, he kept
saying he was sorry and then the detectives
came and took him off"
When Billie called 911, she told them
that her sons
head face down in the cushion of the couch and that he was not
She told them that she had been living with John White for about five
following the separation from Jaydon's father. John eventually
to raping Jaydon after blood and semen were found in his diaper.
death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation:
"We were all taken aback by
what we saw"
Dr. Marc Leder
Helen Lake, the police officer
working at the hospital
that night said that she separated Billie and John. Billie was crying
John was not. Helen wanted to take their statements and she said that
"He was not crying, I expected
him to be crying
Assistant County Prosecutors Dan
Hawkins and David
Zenyen said that they were going to show John's two hour, taped
"This is the most horrific act
to be committed
against a child. He said, 'something came
over him,' but it is reasonable
that because of his actions, that baby would die"
John was handcuffed while outside the
taken into police custody. Billie would be told later that he had
to raping her son. John White was charged with the rape of a child,
is a felony and is punishable by life in prison without the possibility
of parole. Billie hoped he would get more than that:
"I want him to get the death
penalty for what
he done. Jaydon didn't even get to live his life"
On December 9, 2007, John White plead
guilty to the
rape of a child and was facing trial for the felony. Prosecutors were
the death penalty in this case.
John's attorney used the defense that
he had not
intended to kill Jaydon while he was raping him:
"There is no question John
acts, heinous crimes. The remaining issue is
simply whether John acted
causing the death of Jaydon Hoberg"
Defense Attorney J. Scott Weisman
So, we have ANOTHER messed up
lawyer who believes
that as long as you don't MEAN to kill a child while you are
him, that makes the situation different? WRONG...I believe if
kill a child while abusing them, you should NEVER get out of
It's just sad that the world isn't run in such a way to stop rewarding
those who commit these kinds of crimes.
Prosecutors David Zeyen and Dan
Hawkins said that
Ohio's lethal injection was the only sentence appropriate for what John
had done to Jaydon.
In December of 2007, a panel of three
against the death penalty in this case. John M. White, who was 28 at
time, was found guilty of aggravated murder and murder and rape of a
under the age of ten years old. A sentence of life without the
of parole was handed down. The decision was not a unanimous one,
Judges Eric Brown and John A. Connor voted for the life sentence and
Timothy S. Horton voted for John to get the death penalty.
Deliberations took about three and a
half hours due
to their inability to vote unanimously to give John death. The case for
death had been heard because John had waived his right to a jury
The trial took four days and during that time is when J. Scott Weisman
use the defense that John had not intentionally killed Jaydon. John
that he had ever hurt his own child, a six year old daughter. Family
and even Billie said that John was a wonderful father. John's family
testified that he had only been in trouble one time before this
and that he suffered from long term depression due to abuse he was
by his stepfather.
The judges ruled that the killing was
purpose since John SHOULD have know that the outcome of the
on Jaydon was not going to be a good one. Kevin Mulrane and J. Scott
plead their client guilty to the rape charge before trail and that
a mandatory life sentence in prison.
Billie says that Jaydon loved to give
wave good bye to people. Jaydon also love Winne The Pooh:
"He always brought a smile to
my face, no matter
how I was feeling. "I just keep wondering
why (White) did it. What was going
his head to make him do that"
Jaydon James Hoberg
A funeral service for Jaydon James
Hoberg, 17 months,
will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van
Atta Funeral & Cremation Service, with Pastor Mark Stone
Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Jaydon died July 18, 2006, at
in Columbus. He was born Feb. 9, 2005, in Columbus.
He is survived by his father, Daniel
Hoberg (fiancee Celeste Morgan), of Newark; mother, Billie Rae
of Columbus; paternal grandparents, Alice and Charles Lees, of Newark;
maternal grandparents, Theresa Lees (Fred) and Raymond Hilleary, all of
Newark; paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Susan DeBoard, of
and Lunda Lee Sr. and Patty Hoberg, of Newark; maternal
Dorothy Biddle, of Newark, and David (Rose) Cocanour, of Baltimore;
Dustin Hoberg, of Newark, and TJ Hilleary, of Columbus; great-aunts,
(Mark) Toothman and Patty (Dave), all of Newark, and Diana (Kenny)
of St. Louisville; great-uncles, Robert (Melissa) DeBoard, Jason
DeBoard and David (Darla) Cocanour, all of Newark, and Steve (Renee)
of Hilliard; many cousins, including Andrew Taylor Hoberg, Amy Roberts,
Erin Morgan and Nevaeh Leigh Hoberg; and his loving babysitters, Kathy,
Denise and Autumn.
He was preceded in death by his
Mabel and Paul Toma and Grandpa Biddle; and maternal
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday at the funeral
home, 59 N. Fifth St.