Kaitlynne Mae Jennings
October 19, 2004 - December 17, 2007
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Kaitlynne was happy to play outside or to play with her cousins, which she was able to do because he mother would often baby sit them. Playing on the trampoline was something they all enjoyed doing together. Kaitlynne's favorite was the slide. Always ready with a smile on her face, Kaitlynne was full of life! Eventually, Kaitlynne's parents would get divorced and her mother would begin to date another man.

In December of 2007, Kaitlynne was visiting her father and seemed to be sick. Jeb took her to the doctor and
during the examination, several bruised were discovered. CPS was called and Jeb was to keep Kaitlynne until an
investigation could be done. Unfortunately, the next day, CPS released Kaitlynne back into the care of her mother and her boyfriend.

December 17 would prove that CPS had made ANOTHER tragic mistake. At about 11:00 .am., Krystal Smith, Kaitlynne's mother,  found that Kaitlynne was in bed and would not respond to her. Jeremiah was no where to be found. A neighbor would call him and tell him that the police as well as an ambulance were at his home and that is when he would return.

Kaitlynne was taken to the hospital by airlift and diagnosed with 2 fractures in her skill, a broken neck, one arm was broken in two places and she also had spinal injuries. The injuries she had suffered caused her to be put on life support. On December 21, 2007, Kaitlynne was taken off of life support and died in the care of her mother
and father at 6:12 p.m..  

It's very sad that in this day and age a man can beat a child to death and receive a ridiculous sentence for it. That is exactly what happened in the case of Kaitlynne Mae Jennings who was beaten to death by the boyfriend of her
mother, Jeremiah Hoots. The original charge against him was felony battery after Kaitlynne died in December of
2007. Had he been convicted of that crime, Jeremiah would have served a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison. Jeremiah must have made a deal with the devil because he was offered a plea deal that would cost him ONLY 12 years in prison with six of those suspended, two years of probation and one year on home detention.

Henry County Deputy Prosecutor Jim Millikan said of the plea deal:

"Until after the hearing, I don't want to make any comment about the plea agreement and
how it was arrived at"

I hope that it was out of SHAME that he chose not to speak about it. Allowing people to plea deal their way of killing a child is disgusting and inexcusable!


Kaitlynne's grandmother said:

"We would love to see it go to trial. We're going to fight for her. We're going to fight
for her until the end"
Karol Messer

Jeremiah had tried to tell police that Kaitlynne was injured while wrestling with one of her brothers and he had even gone so far as to try to convince one of them to take the blame for her injuries. Kaitlynne's injuries included two fractures to her skull, broken arms, bleeding in her brain and a broken neck. Jeramiah's lawyers tried to say that Kaitlynne's brothers had pushed her off of a five foot tall bunk bed and caused the injuries stating that the prosecutors were just looking for someone to blame in the little girls death:

"We no longer have accidents. It doesn't matter if someone is 89 years old and dies in a
nursing home. The doctor was incompetent. Someone has to be to blame any more ever
since Jerry Springer got on TV.
Mick Alexander


Jeremiah A. Hoots, who was 32 years old at the time, plead guilty to neglect of a dependent resulting in serious
injury. Claiming that he found Kaitlynne lying on the floor in a bedroom, he said she was crying and he picked her up to put her in bed and then tried to wake up her mother, Krystal Smith, to tell her that Kaitlynne had fallen from the top bunk and was hurt. Krystal did not wake up and Jeremiah claims to have left the apartment at that time.

The plea deal reached was for Jeremiah to spent 14 years in prison with five of those years suspended. With time served and good behavior credits, Jeremiah could be out of prison in 2012. Certainly I am NOT the only one who finds it insulting to the children and those who REALLY love them for that child to be abused to death and then have someone call it "neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury". The child is dead, not seriously injured. It seems that it's getting easier and easier to kill children and not really do any real time for it. It truly is a rather disgusting world we live in.


January 10, 2008

Kaitlynne Mae Jennings, 3, of Cambridge city died Friday in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Kaitlynne Mae Jennings was born in new Castle on Oct. 19, 2004.

Kaitlynne is survived by her father, Jeb Jennings of Cambridge City: her mother, Krystal Smith Pollitt of new  Castel; two brothers, Owen Pollitt 10 and Ethan Pollitt 6, a sister, Kiah Pollitt 5; paternal grandparents, J.B. Jennings (wife:Kathy) and Cindi Mayberry; materinal grandparents, Jim Messer (Juanity Mcwhorter) and Karol Messer (Tony Broyles), and Aunts: Kaci Smith, Amanda Messer, Hannah Jennings, Sarah Mayberry' and Uncles: Nathan Jennings, Jeremy Jennings, and Eric Jennings (Wife: Shawn). Maternal Great Grandparents: Janet and Bob Lockhart and Beulah Osborne. Cousins: Cedderek and Kaylee Riggs and Kelsey and Taylor Pass.

The Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Culberson Funeral Home in Hagerstown. The Rev. Robert Fannin will
officiate. Burial will be in Jacksonburg Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday.

Death Occurred in the state of Indiana

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