- November 17, 2007
A Grave Memorial
a Thursday evening in November of 2007,
a helpless Angel was raped and beaten and even
bitten by a man
her mother had trusted to take care of her and her
two year old
brother. Da'Niyah Jackson was only ten months
old when Clinton Smith,
a 30 year old man, took it upon himself to
assault her and that
assault would leave her on
life support for two days before she died.
Though Da'Niyah had bruises on her face, arms and
legs as well as bite
marks on her chest, Clinton claimed that
she was laying down and he was getting ready to
change her diaper when
he put her on her stomach and pushed
hard which caused her to vomit, claiming he was
playing with her.
Clinton claims he put the baby into her playpen
where she stayed until
her mother, Latoya Jackson, came home about 9:30
p.m. and saw her child
and would not respond to her.
Da'Niyah's injuries lead police to believe that
her injuries were more
than just from being pushed in her stomach:
it hard to believe the statement he gave us is
truth. What he told us is a partial
was a self serving statement"
Clinton told police that any other injuries the
baby had were given to
her by her brother and said she had also fallen.
Neighbors were in
shock by what had happened to this beautiful
just so horrible.
When I heard it happened right here, you just
think is there something I could have done"
Mary D. "It's something I
haven't gotten over that it could happen. I
can't imagine anything like this ever
happening again" John T.
John said that the death of Da'Niyah was the most
shocking thing that
had taken place in the neighborhood he has lived
in for 45 years.
Information that I have read said that Clinton
Smith was being held on
homicide charges which were added to the charges
of aggravated assault,
reckless endangerment, rape
and endangering a child he faced before this
precious baby died and was
due for a non jury trial on April 13,
2009. In June of 2009, Mike Manko a Spokesperson
for the Allegheny
County DA's Office said that Clinton was still
behind bars waiting for his trial which had been
September. At that time it was also reported that
Clinton was going to have a jury trial.
In 2009, Latoya was in court, reading a statement
that told how the
death of her daughter was affecting her:
would have ever thought that I would give birth
and bury a child all in
the same year?"
not only robbed me of my daughter but he has
taken away my trust.
I'll never know
like to spend any holidays with her. I've
missed out on her first
steps, her first birthday,
first Christmas. I didn't even get to
experience her first tooth. Her
life was taken so abruptly,
and I struggle
every day because I don't
know why. All I'm left with is
pictures and memories.
I know that
today justice will prevail for
precious baby, and that her offender will
punishment suitable for the crimes
that were committed,
but that still doesn't ease my pain.
is nothing anyone can do to bring my
daughter back, and for that
reason, alone, I will
suffer for the
rest of my
life, and I hope that her offender does,
was in court as Clinton D. Smith,
who was then 32 years old, was sentenced by
Judge Edward J. Borkowski,
to life in prison without the possibility of
parole. Clinton had plead
guilty to first degree murder and
endangering the welfare of a child
and was given a plea deal in which two
counts of deviate sexual
intercourse were taken off of the table as
was the death penalty.
left this earth November 17, 2007; beloved
LaToya Marie Jackson, sister of Dion
granddaughter of Clarence Jackson and the
April Jackson' also survived by a host of
The family will receive friends on Friday,
November 23 at the SAMUEL J. JONES FUNERAL HOME,
Ave., Hill District, 4-9pm.
will be held on Saturday, November 24 in the Trinity
Church, 2700 Wylie Ave.
can be made to the Da'Niyah Marie Jackson Memorial
PNC Bank, 5810 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
or in person at any of the PNC Bank
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