Jacob Stephen Wootton sentenced to death for his son

Jacob Stephen Wootton (Madison County Jail)

Jacob Stephen Wootton (Madison County Jail)

An Indiana judge has sentenced a 29-year-old father to spending more than half a century behind bars for his role in the death of his 2-year-old son.

Circuit Court Judge Angela G. Warner Sims on friday sentenced Jacob Stephen Wootton up to 52 years in prison for the murder of a toddler Ryder Wootton, Court records Reviewed by Law & Crime show.

Wootton reached an agreement with prosecutors and in December pleaded guilty to one count of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, and one count of being a regular offender. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a murder charge initially charged against Wootton.

Sentences are broken down as follows: 40 years maximum for neglect plus 12 years for habitual offenses, to be served on a continuum, Herald Newsletter report.

“Today is a sad day regardless of which side you are on,” Judge Sims said during proceedings Friday in Madison County Court for the 1st District. “Today is about justice. Unfortunately, I have seen other cases where a child died at the hands of a parent. They have failed in their responsibility”.

Speaking in court, Wootton is said to have accepted responsibility for the loss of his son.

“I couldn’t do or say anything,” Wootton said. “As a father, I failed him. This is a tragedy, everyone involved has to suffer. I miss him so much.”

Based on the NewsElwood Police Department officers on the afternoon of October 26, 2018 responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive toddler at the home where Wootton lived with his wife at the time. Alyson Stephen, Ryder, and two other children. Stephen, who was said to be at work when Ryder was seriously injured, is also facing one count of murder and dependent neglect resulting in death, online profile only.

Upon arrival at the residence around 4:12 p.m., Elwood Police Jerry Branson It was reported that he found the child not breathing and “cold to the touch,” according to an affidavit of probable cause. According to reports, Officer Branson performed CPR on the toddler, who was then taken to St. Vincent Mercy in Elwood before being transported to Indiana University Children’s Riley Hospital in Indianapolis.

Ryder was said to have held out for three days before succumbing to his injuries and was pronounced dead on October 29.

In interviews with police, Wootton told investigators he put Ryder in the bathtub and forgot about him while checking in on two other children, Indianapolis CBS affiliate WTTV report. He said he thought the toddler fell and hit his head.

After finding Ryder unresponsive in the tub, Wootton testified that he “smashed the boy a few times and bit him in the face to try to wake him up,” according to WTTV. He then waited about 20 minutes before calling 911, prosecutors said.

Dr. Chris Poulos, the principal physical therapist for the Marion County Coroner’s Office, conducted an autopsy and reportedly determined that Ryder’s death was a homicide due to severe trauma. According to the report, Dr. Poulos also found severe bruises covering Ryder’s body and head.

Before Judge Sims sentenced her, Assistant District Attorney Jesse Miller The report said the state was seeking the maximum sentence for Wootton because of the brutal nature of Ryder’s death, saying the case was as bad as it could have been.

“There were significant bruises,” he said, according to Herald Newsletter. “It’s one of the worst of the worst.”

Wootton’s habitual incarceration stems from many arrests for crimes like burglary, burglary, drug and battery possession in the home committed in the presence of children.

Wootton and Stephen filed for divorce in 2018 and are no longer married.

[image via Madison County Jail]

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