June 2, 2012
A Grave Memorial
On May 30, 2012,
Jason Shappee was
only 16 months old when his mother, 27 year old Nicole Freeman, who at
times went by the last name Sager, shook
him so violently that he ended up in the hospital. Jason was taken to
Robert Packer Hospital where the decision was made to life flight
him to Geisinger Medical Center where he was treated, but it was too
late for him and
he died a couple of days later:
"There was bleeding in
the retinas, different diagnosis that way, they were able to determine
that would be the cause of
Investigator - Karl
The news of the death of this little Angel came as shock and sadness:
"I can't understand how
someone could do that to their own flesh and blood. I have two daughters
of my own and it
appalls me to think that someone could do that to their own child"
"It makes me sick. I
don't know how anybody could do that to a kid, no matter what the kid
Especially a baby. No
kid deserves anything like that"
Some neighbors who wanted to remain anonymous told reporters t that
they have called Child Protective Services with complaints about how
Nicole treated Jason. One neighbor didn't think she had done anything
wrong and said she was a "good
person that's simply been dealt a bad hand". REALLY? It seems to me like the
only one who was dealt a bad hand, was Jason.
Nicole was arrested on June 1, and initially
charged with reckless assault of a child and her
bond was set at $50,000., when Jason died, the charge was upgraded to
manslaughter and her bond was raised to $250,000.. Video of Nicole
being lead to a Police car shows a woman who seems to be very uncaring
about the situation, her face shows nothing closely related to
remorse, in fact, it shows an attitude of no feeling at all.
Nicole entered a not guilty plea and waived her right to a preliminary
hearing, meaning the case will go to the Grand Jury for possible
"We have not seen in my
tenure here in the last 12 years, many shaken
baby cases, at least
that have come to our
attention for criminal prosecution. But certainly
there's any number of other
forms of abuse that
we've had to deal with"
Attorney - John Thewatt
No comments were made as for any criminal past Nicole may have had and
she was facing 25 years in prison if she were to be found guilty.
Nicole also had a daughter who was removed from the home and staying
with other family members.
The Grand Jury indicted Nicole Freeman-Sager on charges of first and
second degree manslaughter in June of 2012. The indictment states that
Nicole shook Jason violently on May 30, 2012, causing swelling and
bleeding in his brain and his death on June 2, 2012