London Marie Sherwood
September 4, 2007 - December 4, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial
How could a LOVING and CARING
mother drop her baby off, kiss her good bye and then not see her for
three weeks? She couldn't! It is unclear as for who dropped the baby
off at the fathers home, either Jessica or friends after Jessica
abandoned the baby. Three weeks later, she would be making the decision
to take her child off of life support after the child died as a result
of Shaken Baby Syndrome. All the while crying and saying how much she
loved this baby girl. What she doesn't realize is that people who LOVE
their children DON'T abandon them and then go party. I have
read postings of how people feel sorry for Jessica. I don't feel one
bit sorry for her, she helped to kill this child by not checking on her
after she just dumped her like a bag of garbage on the doorstep of her
father and never went back.
People who LOVE their
children, worry about them, they check on them, they visit them, they
buy things for them, they nurture them, they don't dispose of them
saying their other parent is responsible for them, simply so they can
go out and have a good time.
On December 4, 2007 at 2:29 a.m.,
London Marie Sherwood was taken off of life support and died. Pictures
show her mother kissing her on the face as she tells her good bye. This
sickens me since a mother who drops her child off and never checks on
her again until she's on life support, is no mother at all. London's
mother would go on to leave messages talking about how people should
keep their children with them all the time. Advice she is freely
throwing around for others when she didn't care enough about her own
child to do the same for her.
Why didn't Jessica do this? Jessica
claimed that she had been kicked out of her apartment and had no place
to live. Why not KEEP your child and get some help from the
many, many places that could have helped? I believe, from what I have
read, that the REAL reason was because she wanted to party, she
wanted to hang out with friends and after she found out that Joshua
Schakk was indeed the biological father of her child, she took London
Marie and dumper her off on the biological father and forgot about her
until she was almost dead. Some reports say that Jessica was into drugs
and drinking, others say that she just didn't want the responsibility
of a child. Here is some advice for Jessica and anyone else who doesn't
want the responsibility of a child: "DON'T GET
Legal complaints filed said that
Jessica had been drinking and doing drugs all while she was pregnant.
On different online pages Jessica spoke about her love of clubbing and
that the drug she most resembles is marijuana. She talked of having a
baby, though she didn't mention that she had abandoned that baby. She
talked of how she lived with the Godmother of that baby, why didn't she
keep the baby and continue to live with the Godmother or one of the
many Aunts she said her baby has? She also spoke of how she goes out to
clubs at least three times a week. Funny thing, her pages NOW seem to all have been set to
private. That means you can
not view them if you are not on her friends list.
I am disturbed by the things I am
reading about what this mother did during the three weeks she was
without her child. I am disturbed that people are feeling sorry for
this mother who abandoned her child and never looked back. The reports
say that she NEVER checked on London for three weeks and that
the police had to track her down to tell her of what had happened to
this precious Angel.
Though Joshua lived with his father,
his fathers girlfriend and her two sons, they all made it clear up
front that London was Joshua's responsibility, alone. Newspapers
reported that for the last week of her life, London never left the
bedroom where she and her father slept. Why didn't anyone in that house
notice they had not seen her for a week? No one in that house held,
talked to, fed, changed her diapers or even played with London, other
than her father. What kind of people could know that their grandchild
was in the house and NEVER pay any attention to her? Reports
say that London spent the last week of her life, in the room, on a
dirty mattress where she and
her father slept.
On December 3, 2007 at 4:40 p.m., an
ambulance was called to the home where Joshua lived with his parents.
The paramedics were told that a little girl was not breathing. Joshua
would tell them that London had bumped her head in the bathtub. London
was taken to Westfields Hospital in New Richmond and the decision was
made to transfer her Children's Hospital in St. Paul where she was
placed on life support. At around 2:30 a.m., London's mother, Jessica,
made the decision to take London off of life support and she died.
St. Croix County investigators were made
aware of a possible case of child abuse by officials at the Children's
Hospital. Dr. Michael McGee, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner said
that the autopsy of London showed scattered soft tissue bruises to the
face and neck, bleeding of the eyes as well as evidence of closed head
trauma that included hemorrhages. London also had signs of rib
fractures that were in the process of healing. London's death was ruled
as a child abuse death with the manner of death being homicide. Joshua
Schakk admitted that he had become frustrated with London due to her
crying and fussing and had shaken her and that when he had put her to
bed her head was struck on the wall.
Herb Schakk told police that Joshua
had not gone out or even left the house in the three weeks since London
had been dropped of at their home. Joshua spent most of his time with
his daughter, according to his father, Herb:
"He loved that child. I know
that for a fact. His main focus was taking care of that child."
It's a shame that Herb and his
girlfriend and her two sons didn't feel the same way. They could have
been helping Joshua the entire time and things might have been easier
for him and London. It was said that the ONLY time any of them
bothered to even hold the baby was when Herb's girlfriend grabbed
London after Joshua said something was wrong and the baby was blue.
Joshua Alan Schakk was charged with
homicide in the death of this sweet little Angel girl. His first court
appearance was on December 6, 2007 where he was facing one felony
charge of second degree homicide. Joshua was arrested on December 4th
and had been held on a $200,000. bond for shaking his child and causing
her to die. Joshua would plead no guilty.
Eric Johnson, the District Attorney
said that the a sentence of seven to ten years in prison would be
appropriate in this case. Alex Andrea, Joshua's lawyer said that for
many reasons, Joshua should only get probation for what he had done.
"I loved my daughter more than
anything. I miss my daughter. If I had known this would have
happened from her head
hitting on the wall, I would have called 911."
Joshua plead guilty on January 16,
2008. At the age of 21, Joshua Alan Schakk was convicted of second
degree reckless homicide in the death of his daughter, London Marie
Sherwood and sentenced to ONLY nine years in prison with an
extra nine months of probation after he is released. Alex Andrea
defended Joshua and shook his head after the sentence was handed out.
Alex Andrea stated that a woman would only be given probation under the
same circumstances. The judge spoke to Joshua before sentencing:
"I know you are remorseful and
you wish you could go back and undo what's been done.
But that's not an option"
Judge Scott Needham
Eric Johnson said:
"It was an appropriate
sentence. The judge weighed all the circumstances. It is a sad case."
Scott Needham said that the sentence
was in part due to Joshua's neglect in not getting help for London.
Joshua's family pleaded for a lighter sentence and Jessica L. Sherwood
sat on the other side asking for a longer sentence.
"Please have mercy on my son"
Linda Schakk - Joshua's mother
Where were these people BEFORE
this little Angel died? Jessica can go on and on about how she loved
her daughter and she was the love her of her life, she can't make it
true, though. Herb can talk all about how Joshua loved London, none of
them has a right to even speak her name, they ALL failed her!
An e-mail sent
to me on March 9, 2011:
have it completetly wrong! ! Her mother did NOT drop her off kiss her
and say goobye ! ! She clearly didn't have a place 2 live and she
thought that London's dads house was a safe place for her! ! ! I am
London's aunt and stuff like this is jus really makes me mad cause if
you dont know the whole story dont say stuff that isn't true
It is interesting to me how the
people who write me in defense of someone who has killed or helped to
kill a child
all say the same things. They say that I don't have the facts straight.
Funny thing is that I get the facts from news
stories and a lot of time from people who were actually there and KNOW the facts for sure. Funny thing
this "aunt" who is defending Jessica, she's trying very hard to
convince me that Jessica was doing what she thought was best for
London. Sorry, "aunt", people who love their children do not drop
them off and not check on them until they are almost dead...PERIOD! Furthermore, where was the
"aunt" when London needed someone to take care of her? Didn't have the
room? B.S....If ANYONE in my
family needed a place to stay, ESPECIALLY
with a newborn baby, they'd have it as long as they were drug and
alcohol free. If not, then the baby would stay with me. That's the way
"aunt's behave toward their family members.
I read that in 2008 Jessica was
pregnant again, let's hope that the Angels have surrounded that child
and are keeping it safe.
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