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Ashlynn Lilith Peters
July 31, 2012 - December 4, 2012
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Ashlynn Lilith Peters was born with a full head of brown hair and beautiful brown eyes. At the age of four months old, Ashylnn's mother allowed a man to rape and kill her. Jessica Lynn Howell, who was 25 at the time and Jordan Lafayette Prince, who was 24 at the time, sent text messages back and forth, with Jessica consenting to what Jordan wanted to do to her four month old daughter.

Jessica went to spend the night with Jordan on December 2, 2012, the following morning, paramedics were called to the home because a baby was not breathing. Ashlynn was taken first to the local hospital and she was flown to Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, where she was treated and ended up dying the next day. An autopsy was done and what was found was horrifying.

Ashlynn died of asphyxiation and was also found to have injuries related to sodomy which caused bleeding that was said to be so severe it would have killed her had she not been strangled. Ashlynn also had bruises on her chest, stomach, left arm, back and her legs as well as being the victim of blunt force trauma to the left side of her head which caused a cut to her ear and bleeding on her skull.

In June of 2013, Jordan was arrested and charged with first degree murder and after what was found, he was also charged with forcible sodomy and child abuse. Though he didn't deserve to have bail set, Jordan was given a measly bail of $150,000. payable in cash only.

In the beginning, Jessica denied having anything to do with what happened. When the truth came about the death of this precious Angel, it was discovered that through text messages and online access, Jessica found out that Jordan had a past record that involved a minor who was only four years old. Jessica and Jordan texted back and forth and in those texts she encouraged him to rape her daughter:

"This mother not only contributed to her daughters death, but she also encouraged the
baby's killer
to engage in some unspeakable acts"
St. Charles County Prosecutor - Tim Lohmar

It was reported Jessica offered to allow Jordan to molest Ashlynn in order to spice up their relation ship. REALLY? What a sick disgusting piece of trash you are, Jessica. How DARE you offer an innocent, little Angel up as a sacrifice in order to please a monstrous piece of garbage.

Jessica was charged with with child endangerment and later that changed to second degree murder and her bail was set for $1 million. Why wasn't HIS bail set that high?



UPDATE:

Checking for updates today, June 12, 2014, I have found nothing new in this case.

UPDATE: January 14, 2015 (Thank you to Betty and Cherry for sending me this update)

In January of 2015, Jessica Lynn Howell was 26 years old when she was sentenced to 25 years in prison for her part in the death of this little Angel. Jessica had admitted to encouraging and allowing her boyfriend to sexually abuse Ashlynn.
After her sentencing, the Prosecutor had this to say:

"This mother tragically failed to protect her child in the most disgusting,
unthinkable and unnatural way"
Tim Lohmar

A Judge was thoroughly disgusted with Jessica when he asked:

"Don't you have any remorse? Don't you wish you had your baby back"
Judge Dan Pelikan

Jessica cried and said:

"My action were foolish. I didn't understand the weight of my actions"

One of Jessica's two remaining children is in foster care while the other has been adopted.

Reports say that Jordan will go to trial in March of 2015.

UPDATE: December 2, 2016 - Thank you Kelly for this update.

In April of 2015 Jordan Lafayette Prince, who was 26 years old at the time was found guilty of first degree murder, child abuse and forcible sodomy. Judge Nancy Schneider, who said Jordan's actions were inhumane and cruel and this was the most difficult cause she had presided over in her career, sentenced Jordan to three life sentenced to run consecutively as the Prosecutor, Phil Groenweghe had asked:

"I want him to have no hope for any other outcome than
dying in prison"

Judge Nancy Schneider added that Jordan showed no remorse at all for what he had done to this little Angel and that had played a part in her decision in sentencing. I like this Judge and think she should talk to some other Judges in this world who have no concept of the value of the life of a child.

During the trial Jordan chose to make no statements at all. During the hearing, Better Peter's, who is Ashlynn's grandmother, had asked that Jordan receive the death penalty, apparently, that was not an option in this case:

"The day Ashlynn was born was one of the happiest days of my
life and he swore he would protect her. Instead, he snuffed her
little life out because of his sick, sexual actions"

This page was created on September 10, 2013
Death Occurred in the state of Missouri

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