Published on June 25th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Woman Charged With Murder After Allegedly Encouraging Boyfriend To Rape Baby
Jessica Lynn Howell, aka Jessica Lynn Peters, has been formally charged with second-degree murder and severe abuse/neglect of a child after she allegedly allowed a known sex offender to brutally rape and murder her four-month-old baby daughter. Howell (Peters) is charged only with placing her daughter, Ashlynn Lilith Peters, into a situation wherein she would suffer physical injury. The second-degree murder charge stems from Ashlynn’s death as a direct result of being placed in such a situation by her mother.
Prosecutors allege that Howell knew her boyfriend, Jordan Lafayette Prince, was a convicted child abuser and allowed him to spend time with her daughter Ashlynn. They say she was in the trailer with him when he allegedly raped and strangled the 4-month-old girl last December, according to the St. Charles County Prosecutor’s complaint.
According the affidavit of probable cause and the resulting criminal complaint, four-month-old Ashlynn died of asphyxiation by strangulation, but not until after she was subjected to brutal torture.
In the affidavit, Howell admitted to investigators that she was aware that her boyfriend, Jordan L. Prince, had been previously convicted for a sexual offense against a child. Not only did she admit she was aware of Prince’s background, she indicated she has confirmed the information via Internet sex-offender registries and had actually discussed the matter with Prince.
Details in the murder case against Jessica Lynn Howell were released this week, according to Missouri Fox affiliate KTVI. St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar told the station that text messages between Howell and Prince suggest Howell openly allowed the sexual abuse to occur.
“In those text messages she suggested and encouraged some unspeakable things,” Lohmar said. “It is very, very disturbing.”
Howell admitted to investigators that she had exchanged text messages with Prince suggesting her willingness to allow him to engage in sexual activity with her infant daughter. On December 2, 2012, Jessica Lynn Howell took baby Ashlynn to Prince’s home to spend the night.
Prince, meanwhile, has been indicted on counts of first-degree murder, as well as child abuse and forcible sodomy, according to local station KMOV.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Prince had previously been found guilty of abusing a 4-year-old in Idaho. Howell reportedly knew about the incident and actually confirmed her boyfriend’s police record through an Internet search.
Howell, who has previously been charged with child endangerment, according to the paper, is in jail with a $1 million bond.
Source: americanlivewire.com “Woman Charged With Murder After Allegedly Encouraging Boyfriend To Rape Baby,” June 25, 2013.