A mother who allowed a know sex offender rape her 4-month-old child and murder her in the process, has been jailed 25 years.
A wicked mother will spend the next 25-years in jail after she was convicted of what could be termed as the most wicked crime a mother could mete to her child, after it was revealed that she allowed her boyfriend to rape her infant baby to death.
According to Headlines and Global News, Jessica Lynn Howell from O’Fallon, Missouri, admitted that she allowed her boyfriend to sexually assault her infant daughter, who later died.
The 26-year-old Howell, was sentenced a St. Charles County court appearance after she admitted to encouraging her boyfriend, Jordan Lafayette Prince, a registered sex offender, to sexually assault her 4-month-old daughter in December 2012.
The baby, Ashlynn Lillith Peters, suffered multiple serious injuries, including blunt force trauma to the head, bruises to the chest and abdomen and internal bleeding related to the sexual assault, according to court documents obtained by the newspaper.
St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said after the sentencing:
"This mother tragically failed to protect her child in the most disgusting, unthinkable, and unnatural way."
Howell, who has two other children, was pregnant when she met Prince on Facebook and they developed a stormy affair.
Prince, 26, is a sex offender who police said sexually abused a 4-year-old child in Idaho, information Howell learned about through online research. But she continued the relationship, speaking to Prince about the abuse and sending him texts encouraging him to perform sex acts on her then 1-month-old daughter.
Howell visited Prince's St. Charles mobile home with her baby many times to spend the night.
On 2nd December, 2012, paramedics arrived and found Ashlynn not breathing. She was transported to a hospital where she died the next day, according to the online newspaper.
An autopsy concluded the baby died from asphyxiation, apparently brought on by strangulation during attempts to stop her from crying. She had a wound on the left side of her head and bruises on her arm, back and legs.
Even if she weren't strangled, the child still would have died due to the internal bleeding, court records said according to the newspaper.
Circuit Judge Dan Pelikan was not in the mood to be lenient with her as he asked:
"Don't you have any remorse? Don't you wish you had your baby back in your arms?"
Howell began crying and said:
"My actions were foolish. I didn't understand the weight of my actions."
Officials said one of Howell's two remaining children is in foster care and the other has been adopted.
Prince was arrested and is to be tried in March on charges of child abuse, forcible sodomy and murder.