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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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251 comments
dunnvalencia
dunnvalencia

I can't explain how my heart dropped when I read about this baby. This has nothing to due with race nor color. This is 100% evil. No real human can look at this baby and hurt her the way they did.

The tears are rolling down my face as I write this message. I believe that the mother should be held to a higher responsibility in this death. Although they could possible get the death penalty. I really how they don't.

Think about it, why should her or him have a quick peaceful death? The baby dident. CUT HIS PENIS OFF AND SOE HER VAGINA SHUT! Make sure she can't produce another life because she don't deserve to and neither does he. Let them work for that state until they die on there own. Don't make it easy for them.. I'm just so hurt by this. May GOD forgive me for my thoughts because I know he will do as he see fit in this situation. Smh

Kimberly42188
Kimberly42188

Slow death by stoning, hydrochloric acid or slow torture with instruments..paralyze  their bodies & cut them apart piece by piece. Anything short of this would not be sufficient. I am outraged at what they did to this sweet, defenseless little baby girl!!!

Curly4
Curly4

Who is against the death penalty? If it is used there will be at least two less of this scum. Or there could be a lot fewer of this scum if it was used more frequently.

burbankbeenews
burbankbeenews

Jordan Lafayette Prince is in JAIL!  The guys in JAIL know exactly what this guy has coming!

Look at JEFFREY DAMHNER he died with a BROOMSTICK up his ASS!

burbankbeenews
burbankbeenews

These people need to suffer the equivalent treatment/rape they gave the infant.  Hmmm let's see!

Yes I got it!  Bring a very large ELEPHANT from the ZOO and let it loose on both of their asses!

These people gotta go!  THEY CANNOT BREATH OUR OXYGEN!!!

burbankbeenews
burbankbeenews

This is why we have the DEATH PENALTY in this country.

deedee
deedee

Put both the fools  to death.  why should the mother live only to have another child to hurt?

deedee
deedee

Put both the fools  to death.  why should the mother live only to have another child to hurt?

tess235
tess235

I called out to God to intervene in this evil sick world .  If it takes destruction of the whole world to end this sick sick stuff then so be it.  I am horrified , I hope this state has the death penalty.

liruandmoots
liruandmoots

I feel what sickened me the most was reading the last words on the booking report ... " upon child Less than Fourteen" ... Seriously, I mean do this tiny Angel some Justice in the sense of perspective here ... I know that its how the Law Reads but the Truth Reads ... That this Sweet Angel never mind being under 14, wasn't even close to 4 years of age .. This tiny angel left this world in the manner she did barely being 4 month of Age!!!

As for this Sweet Angels "Mother" & I use that term only for lack of another ... She makes me so angry that I feel physically ill ... Not to mention that Filth she sent upon her Tiny Child.... Animals in the wild show instinctively more care, love & affection for their offspring than they showed that Sweet Angel from the moment she came into their lives I'd imagine ... No punishment could be enough to make right what repugnant abuse was inflicted upon that poor tiny Child!!!

sylviamarie09
sylviamarie09

I had some really admiral plans for the lottery win I'm getting one day...but now I have a new plan, I think I'll just roam the country and rid all the innocent children/INFANTS of scum like these two pieces of shit!  I hate when someone makes me cry.  And God forgive me, but this is the kind of stuff that  gets my faith to waver.  Yet it's when we need it the most.  So hard to understand why and how this happens...

1raysfan
1raysfan

Anyone still not in favor of the death penalty?

alekzandur
alekzandur

To all those who refer to the "Juggalo" lifestyle being a factor in their behavior, please  look deeper  into ICP and their track from Bang Pow Boom " to catch a predator". they clearing are  not condoning this act as  glorious, but speak out against it in ways that even the comments  from others are posting...in dis-taste and wanting to do something about it.

justpsgthru
justpsgthru

This just makes me sick to my stomach.  They both will get theirs, inmates don't tolerate sexual child abusers!!!

Nancy Seymour
Nancy Seymour

I hope he gets the death sentence and she never breaths fresh air again. This woman is horrid. I wish she could get the death sentence too.

Wayne Burkett
Wayne Burkett

The reason she is "still breathing" is that we have due process to protect the innocent, not the guilty. This is really sort of obvious and basic and it's unfortunate that it needs to be explained every time somebody gets emotional about a heinous crime.

Fabrizio Del Monte
Fabrizio Del Monte

Chris Frank-simply put we should forego the expensive process of a trial here and take these two in to the public square and execute them-period.

Kirsten Mazzanti
Kirsten Mazzanti

O because the news isn't talking about it enough??? I don't think they sensationlizing anything that isn't already all over the news.

Kirsten Mazzanti
Kirsten Mazzanti

As soon as someone gets the chance she's gonna be knocking on Satans door. Sick bitch.

Joanna Franke Kleine
Joanna Franke Kleine

I'm officially unfollowing RFT after running this. What a shame that you would sensationalize such a horrific story.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

Some people don't deserve a trial. Just take them out back and shoot 'em.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Darlene I just looked at your facebook page and from I can tell you call yourself a democrat or at least are left leaning....How can you say such an ignorant thing about marijuana but somehow be under the same tent as people like Bill Clinton and Obama (Both people who used marijuana frequently threw out their lives without killing any babies)???? Darlene you are one confused sad woman.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Are you from the 1930's or something? Did you watch reefer madness in high school and never figured that it was all just propaganda? I know that there are still people alive like that today who think that marijuana is evil but drawing any sort of correlation to this vicious crime and marijuana is not only ignorant but slanderous as well.

Chris Frank
Chris Frank

There's a simple answer for that. If it bleeds, it leads. That is the motto of media outlets. It's all ratings driven. It's sad, but we are conditioned to react to it.

Billy Casagrand
Billy Casagrand

Ur right Neil, perspective is everything. It just seems lately I hear more negative then positive. Im not trying to argue or debate, just state an opinion is all. But Its all in how ya look at it

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

What? Even if you are a troll you are the dumbest one I have ever seen. What the hell does this have to do with marijuana? Let me ask you...Seriously; Are you just trying to get a rise out of people by saying something completely stupid or are you just really that out of touch with reality? Seriously? I really want to know.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Crime has been on a sharp decline since the 90's. We are currently living in the most peaceful time the world has ever known. Perspective is everything Billy.

Billy Casagrand
Billy Casagrand

What pisses me off the most about this is that the world just seems to keep getting worse, I cant believe there are people out there like this, it saddens me to my core to think someone is capable off such an act. Honestly execution would be to good for them. They need something much worse.

Lisa Salvati
Lisa Salvati

Repulsive waste of space human being. Gross. Disgusting.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

drop her in a tank full of pirhana. die screaming! !!

Melvin Mohn
Melvin Mohn

This nut job is doing a lot more than bong hits, Darlene. Once her inmates get done with her, drugs will be the last of her worries. The Facebook posts by her and get bf are truly sickening. It shows they will never be productive members of society, and they need to be taken on an Italian concrete fishing trip.

Lanie Dattilo
Lanie Dattilo

I want to know why the RFT has posted this story like 6 times in the last three days....seems like it's being sensationalized.

Bryan Berger
Bryan Berger

Nah. You just gotta bring out the shotgun for these fuckin hillbilies.

Chrissy Scott
Chrissy Scott

thats like saying listening to marlyn manson made them do that... that's lame..

Chrissy Scott
Chrissy Scott

Marijuana? More like a case of an evil soul that doesn't deserve to be on this planet! I highly doubt " marijuana " had anything to do with this.. If you have ever consumed marijuana pretty sure you would see that it makes people calm and happy.. and actually cures stuff.. if anything if may make some people paranoid at the most not a dumb piece of scum to the earth to do something that awful. Grow up and stop trying to blame causes for the reason those two are horrible people.. because nothing made them that way other than their sick brain and lack of heart/soul

Chris Frank
Chris Frank

this woman should be sodomized & choked until she dies, just like her daughter was

Lois Akins
Lois Akins

Darlene your an IDIOT... What does this have to do with marijuana.... Your comment is just DUMB...

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

God has forgiven these parents and will one day welcome them into the kingdom of heaven 

hinesw867
hinesw867

@tess235  I've read a lot of bad stuff, but this finally did it. There is no god. This sucked what little faith I had out. If there is a god and he lets this happen, he's not worth believing in. 

masako_X
masako_X

@1raysfan give our poor corrupt excuse of a government the power to kill civilians?lolnope

paul_5gen
paul_5gen

@1raysfan You think these people should get off easy with a death penalty? They should be beat and sodomized for the rest of their lives.

LIFE
LIFE

@Wayne Burkett ......"This is really sort of obvious and basic and it's unfortunate that it needs to be explained to you", @Wayne- why we are angry........maybe you share an understanding with these savages....that we are not privy to.....your lack of emotion and even empathy -(do you see yourself in him) for this sweet infant, truly raises MANY red flags.....stay out of your daughters bedroom at night.....

chrissiesmall
chrissiesmall

@dalediversity Sorry but seriously I doubt it.  No forgiveness can take away what people like this have done and myself as a child of God this is completely a nonsense to even suggest it.  This kind of belief system just gives these creatures an excuse to do such appalling things because they believe"God will for give them and welcome them into the Kingdom of Heaven"!  Utter Bollocks!

1raysfan
1raysfan

@masako_X @1raysfan Well somebody's gotta kill them, and you and I aren't allowed, so I'd say the government's our best bet. 

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