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UPDATE: Mother Charged in Death of 16-Month-Old Baby

By: Anna Baxter, Michael Hyland Email
By: Anna Baxter, Michael Hyland Email
(WSAZ Photo / Ryan Lake)

(WSAZ Photo / Ryan Lake)

UPDATE 3/16/12 @ 9:45 p.m.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother has been charged in the death of her 16-month-old baby.

According to a news release, Crystal L. Jordan, 28, of Sissonville, was arrested and charged with child neglect resulting in death on Friday.

"He was the best baby in the world. He was the greatest. He loved to dance, and he was so lovable," said Jordan.

Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say they were called to a home along Centennial Drive in the Tupper Creek area of Sissonville just before 3:00 p.m. Thursday. They say the father called 911 when he discovered his child, Kolton Zander Jordan, 16 months old, unresponsive in the bathtub with running water.

The father attempts to resuscitate his son were unsuccessful.

Deputies say Jordan claimed she was asleep at the time and woke when she heard her husband yelling for help.

"I love my babies more than anything else in this world, and I would never ever ever hurt them. Never. And, everybody that knows me knows that I would never hurt my children. They're my world. They are my everything," said Jordan.

On Friday, Jordan admitted to deputies she had used methamphetamine earlier in the day and later fell asleep with Kolton in the crib. Deputies also say she admitted to repeated illicit drug use over the past year.

"Family, and even police, were horrified at what happened. It's so difficult to come to terms with what happened," Lt. Sean Crosier said.

A magistrate set Jordan's bond at $50,000 cash.



ORIGINAL STORY
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a toddler in Sissonville.

According to a news release, deputies were called to a home along Centennial Drive in the Tupper Creek area of Sissonville just before 3:00 p.m. Thursday when a father called 911 when he discovered his child unresponsive in the bathtub with running water.

The father attempted to resuscitate his son with negative results.

Deputies say the mother was reportedly asleep at the time and woke when she heard her husband yelling for help.

The child was 16 months old.

According to the release, the body was sent to the West Virginia Office of the Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death.

The investigation will be submitted to the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney to determine if criminal charges will be filed.


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