Childminder charged in Jameson Nance death

Jameson Nance (L) and Elizabeth Fowler (TR) Kristal Samuel (BR)

Four people in Florida were recently arrested and charged for failing to report child abuse, which is believed to have happened just days before the alleged murder of a 3-year-old boy last summer.

The child, Jameson NanceHe died on June 11, 2021.

The West Melbourne Police described him as “a typical” boy his age who “liked pizza, Paw Patrol and riding his Spider-Man bike”. But one thing he lacked, unlike most children, “was someone to fight for him,” authorities said during a press conference marking his fourth birthday – just over a month after his death.

The Sunshine State, through prosecutors for Brevard and Seminole Counties, is seeks the death penalty for the alleged killers of the deceased child: Nance’s legal guardian Joshua Manns25, and mother Erica Dotson27. The couple were charged with first-degree murder in late July 2021. WKMG, affiliate of Orlando CBS, reports.

The boy’s death was described by prosecutors as “particularly heinous, cruel or cruel” and allegedly committed as part or accomplice of serious child abuse.

investigators claim The boy’s mother left the victim in the care of Manns while she went to work on the day the child died. Around 6:00 p.m. on the day in question, Dotson told police, she called her then-boyfriend and discussed the possibility of looking at a puppy after she got home from work. Authorities say Nance was already dead by that time.

About an hour later, the boy’s mother spoke to Manns again. He allegedly told her not to drive because he said the 3-year-old was “not good.” Pressed for an explanation, authorities said Manns eventually said the child had drowned. The mother then rushed home and dialed 911.

A dispatcher considered contacting the adult who had been monitoring the boy’s apparent injury to provide instructions on how to perform CPR. By that time, however, Manns was already on the run, authorities have claimed.

Despite his absence, the male defendant allegedly left a note saying he had a seizure and passed out while giving Nance a bath. When he woke up, Manns allegedly claimed, the boy was floating dead in the water. The note reportedly insisted Manns performed CPR, but that “nothing worked.”

Investigators eventually found evidence suggesting the boy had been abused several weeks before his death – including a broken rib, a broken tooth, damage to his esophagus and at least seven stab wounds to his head. Three of the stab wounds to the boy’s head showed signs of healing, police said, suggesting they were not recent. Significantly, authorities said there was no evidence Nance drowned.

The boy’s mother and the last babysitter were also charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect of a child causing grievous bodily harm.

According to Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, Jaymie Gaucher51, Elizabeth Fowler37 and Crystal Samuel, 40, were recently charged with failing to report known or suspected child abuse because of some of the injuries the boy sustained. Authorities believe the trio of workers at the Health First Center for Child Development were aware of abuse that took place between June 2, 2021 and June 11, 2021 — the aforementioned date Nance died.

Court documents reviewed by Law&Crime describe Gaucher as a “day care supervisor” and thus as a “compulsory reporter” of child abuse. Fowler and Samuel are both described as daycare workers who are also duty reporters.

The fourth charged, identified as Dallas Jasperwas a child protection investigator with the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to court records and news reports.

In response to a question from Gaucher about an alleged (by his mother) duck attack that left Nance with yellowish bruises on his left forehead, jaw and cheek, and a scrape on his ear, Jasper reportedly told the daycare worker : “There wasn’t much DCF could do” if the boy’s story matched Dotson’s version of events, This is reported by the Orlando FOX subsidiary WOFL.

Nance died a few days later.

“Our hearts continue to ache for Jameson’s family and Health First has actively worked with investigators in this unimaginable tragedy,” said Health First, CEO of Retail Services Matthew Gerrell told Florida today. “We have terminated the employment of the staff involved in the Jameson Nance case.”

Some of the case records are below:

[images: James Nance via West Melbourne Police Department; Elizabeth Fowler and Kristal Samuel via Brevard County Sheriff’s Office]

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