March 18, 2004 - October 4, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial
3, 2014, I received an e-mail from a man who said
he is Gavin's grandfather. I would like to respond
to you, however, you did not leave a response
e-mail for me to reply to. Please contact me again
and give me your e-mail so that I can respond to
you. Thank you so much :)
Dustin Jordan never
expected there would come a day when he would
need to be testifying in a case that would
involve the murder of his son. Sadly, that is
exactly what he would happen. Dustin told the
courtroom that he had
noticed his son changing his behavior in the
Spring of 2005. Gavin became shy and would get
upset if he was
scolded or if a voice was raised around him and
physical punishment was not used by Dustin or
was a baby so he didn't need much
correcting. No no was usually enough"
Come Summer, Jordan began to notice bruises on
his son's face. Jordan and his parents reported
to the Division Of Social Services and DSS
decided there was nothing going on with the
child after talking to
Jennifer Harvey, Gavin's mother.
Jennifer began dating Joseph W. Haslett, who was
26 years old at the time, in April of 2005.
Jennifer and Dustin had broken up in December of
2004, right before Christmas. Jennifer and
Joseph dated for about six months before the
death of Gavin and though he never moved into
her home, he did stay with her at times. Joseph
helped Jennifer take care of Gavin and though he
was very strict and Jennifer became suspicious
about marks left on Gavin, she never did
anything about it. Gavin had bruises on his back
and in August he sprained his ankle and Joseph
told her Gavin had fallen out of his crib. When
the Children's Division worker come to talk to
her, she said she didn't know how he had been
hurt and would later say she was in denial about
On the day that Gavin died, Joseph had taken him
to his parents house. Joseph claimed that Gavin
had drowned in the tub while they were there.
Later, Joseph would admit that he was wrestling
with Gavin after he got out of the tub and that
he didn't believe he had hurt him though the
child had fallen of of the bed when he jumped on
was almost doing a backwards somersault"
Joseph said that Gavin landed on the floor, on
his stomach but had hit his head on the bed on
the way down to the
floor, so hard that he had felt it hit the bed.
Joseph said that if he had done anything to hurt
Gavin, he did not know what it could have been.
When Joseph was again interviewed, Sgt. Jim
Farrell prompted him to give the truth about
what had happened that day.
Joseph said that Gavin had been fussy after his
bath so he started joking with him to make him
happy. Joseph said he put Gavin in a headlock
under his right arm and was holding his ankles
with his other hand to fly him around like an
kind of carried him like that to the
bathroom. I was just playing with him. His
head was kind
squashed between my arm and my side. I was
kind of airplaning him and started to poop.
heard a little fart. I don't know if I
squeezed too hard and I snapped his neck or
cut off his air,
don't know. I was just trying to put him in
a good mood. I wish I never would have taken
me that day"
Joseph said he put Gavin on the toilet and it
was then that he noticed he was not responsive.
Video tapes of his
interviews would be played in court for the jury
to see. In the interviews, Joseph was slumped in
a chair, crying and threatening suicide. He said
he wanted to talk to Jennifer and that he had
not hurt Gavin.
Joseph was charged with second-degree murder.
Two days before Gavin would have turned three
years old, the jury convicted Joseph of
second-degree murder. As Judge Calvin Holden
read the verdict, Gavin's family shouted "YES".
Joseph was facing only 10 to 30 years for what
he did to Gavin.
Harvey did not speak to reporters as she left
the courtroom. Jennifer was facing felony
endangering the welfare of a child after doing
nothing to protect Gavin from Joseph. Jennifer
had testified in the
trial of Joseph and she had previously said she
hoped her testimony against him would help in
her case and lead to a lesser punishment, though
prosecutors had not lead her to believe it
would. Jennifer later plead guilty to the
In June of 2007, Dustin was in court asking the
judge to give the maximum punishment to Joseph
for what he did
nothing that can bring my son back. I will
never be able to hear his voice"
Joseph W. Haslett was sentenced to life in
prison for what was called the intentional
suffocation of Gavin.
Rachel Goodman, Joseph's sister told people that
her brother was a kind, loving man who should
have a shorter
sentence and that she was afraid her niece would
grow up without her father:
that this little girl has for her father is
I think Rachel's
comment is cold and without feeling for the
loss of Gavin. I am sure her niece loves her
father, I am equally as sure that Gavin
father and that Gavin's family loves him
just as much as the niece loves her father.
I think the sentence fits the crime and I
who kills a child due to abuse, should NEVER
get out of prison. Rachel, your niece can
visit her father in prison, she can see him,
talk to him even hug him. Gavin's family
doesn't have that luxury. I agree with Tim
Tim Davis, Gavin's paternal grandparent didn't
agree as he tried to understand what happened:
horribly wrong with having to visit your
grandson at the cemetery"
Law went into affect in 2012 and it would
change the way Children's Division
caseworkers handle child abuse calls. Some
changed made included:
Caseworkers were no longer allowed to leave
a business card if someone is not home.
Hotline workers will now have to tell
callers to call 911 if a child is in danger.
An initial case review must be started if a
child dies or is seriously injured and the
initial review must be complete within three
days after the child's death.
received an e-mail from someone who said
she is Gavin's mother and was upset and
said she was going to take legal action
against me, she claimed the page was
ruining her reputation and it was
libelous. I asked her to let me know
what statements were untrue and informed
her that the information on my pages
come directly from news stories online.
I got a response from her. She gave me
some information and said I could do
whatever I wanted with it.
When I posted it here, she got upset and
asked that I take down her "explanation"
and what she said was "the truth". She
claims that I and MANY
online news sources are lying about her
and that we ALL
need to take down our stories
about her son. It seems to me that given
the opportunity, she would want to have
her "side" printed. Not this
woman, she says to do what I want and
then asks me to remove it, I told her I
would remove it and that she should NEVER
contact me again.
In her last e-mail she said...and I
quote her here: "I did not give you
permission to use my email, as well as
you have no proof as to whom I am as you
are claiming on your web site"
I changed the top sentence in the update
from: "I received an e-mail from Gavin's
mother", to what it is now. Shame on me
for having no proof that she really IS
the mother of this little Angel. Why
would someone lie about something such
as that? In the future, I will be sure
to put that someone is CLAIMING
to be who they say they are, when they
send me a nasty e-mail and I quote them
on the page of a child who has been
abused to death.
I did get quite snide in my e-mail back
to her, but she asked for it and not
being in the best of health, I was quite
irritated about her wackiness and
changing her requests. I have read a
transcript from court that shows I am
not printing anything that is not true,
shows what she testified to in court.
She informed me that she plead guilty
for a reason, all I can say is that if I
guilty of anything wrongdoing in the
death of my child,
NOTHING and NO
ONE could make me plead guilty.
On September 3, 2014, I received an
e-mail from a man who said he is Gavin's
grandfather. I would like to respond to
you, however, you did not leave a
response e-mail for me to reply to.
Please contact me again and give me your
e-mail so that I can respond to you.
Thank you so much :)
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