Jessica Howell, O'Fallon Mom, Encouraged Boyfriend To Rape Her Infant Daughter: Cops

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Jessica Howell.
Police say that Jessica Lynn Howell, a 25-year-old O'Fallon mother, encouraged her boyfriend to rape her infant daughter -- prompting a brutal sexual assault that resulted in her four-month-old baby's death last year.

The woman was allegedly aware that her boyfriend, Jordan Lafayette Prince, 25, intended to assault her daughter, Ashlynn Lilith Peters, who did not survive the attack in December. Officials say they have text messages between the two that clearly demonstrate her responsibility in her child's death.

"These text messages [from the mother] encouraged the killer to engage in sexual conduct with the child," St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar tells Daily RFT. "We're very confident that she was fully aware of the gravity of what it was she was suggesting."

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The formal complaint filed Monday -- on view below, with graphic detail about the assault -- says that months prior to her baby's death, Howell and Prince sent implicating texts. The charges reference "communications with Prince suggesting a willingness to allow him to engage in sexual activity with Ashlynn."

Howell, already facing a child-endangerment charge, is now facing second-degree murder and child abuse charges. Her boyfriend was charged in December with second-degree murder and he reportedly told cops at the time that he had become frustrated with the baby because she wouldn't stop crying. In response, he allegedly choked the Ashlynn to death.

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Jordan Prince.

The subsequent investigation and autopsy, however, revealed that the situation was much worse. The four-month-old had not only been strangled to death, but had also suffered from internal bleeding injuries caused by sodomy. That horrible discovery led cops to add an additional sexual-assault charge against Prince.

As if the case could not get any more gruesome and unbelievable, this week, the new charges against the mother imply that she was very much complicit in her daughter's rape.

"Anytime you've got a child victim, it's a terribly tragic situation," Lohmar tells us. "What makes this more disturbing is that the one person who should be there to care for the child, her mother, was indirectly responsible for her death."

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Facebook photo of Howell and Ashlynn

The complaint says that the baby was killed by asphyxiation and that she suffered hemorrhages to her face, neck, chest and back and blunt force trauma to her head, causing a laceration to her ear and a hemorrhage near her skull. Further, the injuries from the sexual assault were severe enough that they would have caused her death even if she had not been strangled, the charges say.

Ashlynn would have turned one next month.

It's unclear what exactly Howell may have admitted to cops at this point, but Lohmar says, "Through the course of the investigation, which included interviews with her, we're very confident in our charges."

Howell also allegedly knew that Prince had previously been found guilty of committing a sex offense against a minor.

"She still allowed the child to be in his presence and under his care," Lohmar says.

Howell is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond and will eventually face trial later this year or in early 2014.

A Facebook page that seems to be some sort of memorial fund for the baby girl includes a comment from what appears to be Jessica Howell's account back in January:

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via Facebook

And a Facebook page that appears to belong to Jordan Prince has this message written on December 5, two days after Ashlynn died:

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via Facebook

Continue for more photos and for the full charges.


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Connie Esselman
Connie Esselman

i didnt even read what everyone had commented about until i had commented was glad to see that everyone one pretty much felt as i do about this because i found it pretty disturbing as u all did and please forgive me on what i wrote but im sure you all would agree. i just dont understand how on earth anyone could think of such a horrible thing muchless do it. im just sick thats all and everything i read now days gets worse

Ronnie Craft
Ronnie Craft

Creeps! They should die! Hope they don't have other children ......

Connie Esselman
Connie Esselman

omg im f... sick these two things are such a disgrace to human beings how could anyone especially a mother even think of such a hidous act upon someone else muchless their own child and then jordon how could he carry out such an act upon an innocent little baby i can not even say how i feel about these two monsters not even do animals kill their owe prey in such a cruel ungodly manor this has to be the most horrible unheard sickening and discusing thing i have ever read in my entire life.these two need to be locked in a room next to each other so they can hear each other scream and cry for mercy while they are repeatedly beat raped and torched to the near brink of death then let them recuperate slightly then repeatedly done again until they day they die and hope they live along pain death im sorry if this sounds horrible but thats how pissed and sick iam from this lord forgive me

Matt Doner
Matt Doner

Lethal injection would be too good for these two pieces of trash!

Rhonda Whelan
Rhonda Whelan

This is by far the most disturbing article I've read. That poor baby. :(

Joshua Young
Joshua Young

Send her to straight to federal ad-seg. She'll have a lot of time (to think about how children are not to be treated) in a tiny cramped space. He can sit in the gas chamber.

Ciara Brewer
Ciara Brewer

How do humans like this exist in the world?

Michelle Accardi
Michelle Accardi

Give me a private moment with them. I got some pliers and a blow torch. Then a softball bat to finish the job. jail is to good for these two sick individuals.

Pamela Bruner Durbin
Pamela Bruner Durbin

This was so disturbing I literally got sick while reading it Put them in the general population of any prison and it will be dealt with.

Erin Bee
Erin Bee

I wish I hadn't read this. :(

Elizabeth Jaggie
Elizabeth Jaggie

Things like this are the reason I support the Death Penalty....

Tony Loquasto
Tony Loquasto

So I can't read this whole article. Did someone kill it with fire yet?

Nakia Simpson
Nakia Simpson

I’m so excited I just received my power stripes in the mail and now it’s my time to help people with the pain they are feeling as well as make money from home! It’s my time to stat living live and doing what’s right for people! If this sounds like something you would like to start doing inbox me for more info!

Guest
Guest

There should be a legal charge for something along the lines of "Being a total waste of organic matter", or "Being a scumbag piece of shit", and it should be applied to these two. The punishment? The people vote.


It isn't about punishing these people, it's about showing everyone else the consequences of absolutely disgusting, appalling, deranged behavior like this.

Ashley Bench Turner
Ashley Bench Turner

I don't even want to write what should happen to these freaks for fear that I will be viewed as mentally disturbed. I know most of you are thinking the same thing.

Suzette Eich
Suzette Eich

Inside she will get plenty of beatings. Womans prisons are worse then mens. Put the word out!!!!

Beth Koelling Rogers
Beth Koelling Rogers

You can follow both cases on case net MO. You will be able to see charges and all that goes on with the case. You can also opt to have updates sent to you email or by text.

Vicki Doetsch
Vicki Doetsch

I can't read stuff like this. I should but I can't.

Mindy Evans
Mindy Evans

This sick bitch. I hope they both die the most tragic way humanly possible. Nasty ass. That sweet baby girl... Makes my heart hurt.

Bobby James
Bobby James

Crimes like this deserve more severe forms of punishment. They should be taken to dark sites, from which they never return.

Gary Treatch
Gary Treatch

Don't spend money on prison for this subhuman trash. Two bullets to the back of the head are much cheaper. Furthermore, display their fucking heads on pikes in front of the court house.

Kelli Wade
Kelli Wade

That's the most disgusting thing I've ever read in my whole life. I hope he gets raped in prison!!!!

Valerie Duncan
Valerie Duncan

Sicko's They should be punished by something as barbaric as they did.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Justice for Jordan!!!! I hope the courts see the truth. 

Alicia Strotheide
Alicia Strotheide

They should let the inmates give her what she deserves till it kills her!!!!

Danielle Turnbaugh
Danielle Turnbaugh

Omg i was totally locked up with this bitch and beat the fuck out of her!! Seriously tjere is something wrong with this retarded bitch

Jess Nenninger
Jess Nenninger

Don't call her mom or mother for she is neither. Monster is more suiting. Prayers for that poor sweet angel.

Tom Flowers
Tom Flowers

i'd like to personally deliver them to hell

Don Lanier
Don Lanier

she may have had a child but she damn sure ISNT a mother....

Joe Polizzi
Joe Polizzi

I knew this girl. Sadly at one point years ago I thought she was pretty cool. I don't know what went wrong but I know we don't need this kind of evil on this earth. Take her out back and put one between her eyes. People like this don't deserve a grave just put her in the fill with the rest of the garbage.

Carnell Mays
Carnell Mays

n this is y I believe in the death penalty..the problem is they dont kill evil people fast enough...

Joe Polizzi
Joe Polizzi

I knew her. Not from school but had met her a few times.

Kristen Sommerville
Kristen Sommerville

I wish I could unread this. I can't believe people like this exist. Horrible.

Mike Meyer
Mike Meyer

Bitch needs to raped the her guts cut

Lindsay Dunn
Lindsay Dunn

Beth Vollmar do you remember this girl from FZW? She would have been after me.

Monica Heitz
Monica Heitz

I had been suppressing this story. Thanks for reposting it!

ktchavez120
ktchavez120

I hope you really did beat the crap out of her!!

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