|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 2005|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 2007|
Jada Marie Whited
Born in Parkersburg, WV on Oct. 10, 2005
Departed on Jan. 13, 2007 and resided in Parkersburg, WV.
Visitation: Thursday Jan. 18, 2007
Graveside Service: Thursday Jan. 18, 2007
Cemetery: Skidmore Cemetery
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ALLEDGED MURDER VICTIM, ALLEGEDLY BY MOMS BOYFRIEND
Jada Marie Whited, 15 months, of Parkersburg, passed away January 13, 2007 at her residence. She was born October 10, 2005 a daughter of Stephanie White and Justin Whited.
She is survived by three siblings, Jasmine Leann Lockhart, Jessica Dawn Lockhart, and Savannah Rayne Johnson; maternal grandparents Debbie and Eddie Lockhart of Palestine , WV; and grandfather David White of Parkersburg; paternal grandparent Hollie Johnson of Parkersburg; and great grandmother Hazel Sprouse of Volcano, WV.
She is preceded in death by great grandfather Edward Sprouse.
Graveside services will be Thursday 2:30 PM at Skidmore Cemetery with Reverend Jackie Bell officiating. Visitation will be Thursday 12:00 - 2:00 PM at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg.
At this time Jada's mothers live in boyfriend, William Johnson, is being held in jail for her murder. Here is the story out of the paper.
Wood man charged in child's death
By JEFFREY SAULTON , Staff Writer
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Wood County Magistrate Joyce Purkey explains the charge to William Ryan Johnson of Parkersburg Tuesday evening as his attorney Bill Merriman, center, listens.
PARKERSBURG — Sheriff's deputies arrested a Wood County man Monday in connection with the death of a child on Saturday.
William Ryan Johnson, 30, of 81 Powell Drive, Apt. 31, Parkersburg, was arrested at his mother's residence in the Birnhamwood Trailer Park by Wood County sheriff's Detective C.S. Waldron and Sgt. Shawn Graham.
Johnson was arraigned Monday night before Wood County Magistrate Joyce Purkey on a charge of abuse of an infant resulting in death. His bond was set at $400,000 surety. The child's name was unavailable at press time.
Johnson's attorney, Bill Merriman, made a motion for home confinement and 10 percent of the bond amount; however, Purkey denied the motion. She said the motion could be made before a circuit court judge later. She said the case would be assigned to a judge in the afternoon.
Johnson remains in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in lieu of bond.
Graham said Johnson was arrested at 5:28 p.m Monday and charged with abuse of an infant resulting in death. He said the arrest stemmed from a Saturday morning incident when an ambulance and police were called to Powell Apartments off College Parkway in regard to injuries of a 15-month-old girl.
The child was taken to Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Graham said the girl's body was sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Charleston. Results from the examination showed the child died from injuries to the head, Graham said.
"The autopsy results showed the injuries were consistent with injuries to the head as we suspected," Graham said.
Graham said Johnson lived with the girl's mother in the apartment and had a 2-month-old daughter with her.
Graham said the investigation is continuing.
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Parkersburg Man Charged in Baby's Death
Reporter: Andrea Wilcox
A Parkersburg man is behind bars accused of beating a 15-month-old child to death.
30-year-old William Ryan Johnson was arrested Monday night at his apartment in Parkersburg.
Johnson is charged with child abuse resulting in death.
He was the live-in boyfriend of the child's mother.
The investigation began when police responded Saturday morning to the Powell Apartments off College Parkway.
Wood County officers say autopsy reports led to Johnson's arrest.
Sgt. Shawn Graham says, "There were substantial head injuries to the 15-month old victim and that along with what the medical examiners told us, during the autopsy, confirmed our suspicions and that led to the arrest."
Johnson remains in jail on a 400-thousand dollar bond
NEWEST NEWS APRIL 30, 2008
PARKERSBURG — A status hearing was conducted Tuesday in the case of a Wood County man indicted for the murder of his girlfriend's daughter.
Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Reed said the state had 24 hours to review the disk the state subpoenaed from the regional jail regarding communications with William Ryan Johnson, 32, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, and Stephanie White, the mother of Jada Whited, the alleged victim.
Reed said the state has 24 hours to review the contents and then the disk is to be given to Johnson's attorney, Bill Merriman, well before the trial, which is set to begin next Monday.
In another matter, Prosecutor Ginny Conley said the state added two witnesses that may fall into 404(b) evidence. She said the witnesses were two former neighbors who said they saw Johnson treating Whited roughly, pushing her and in putting her in a car seat.
Merriman said he filed an objection to them when the state had them on an earlier witness list and then withdrew them when the state removed them from the list. He said he renewed his objection in filing a blanket objection when he learned of the addition.
Merriman said a hearing was needed because it covered prior bad acts and could be an issue in the middle of the trial.
Jodie Boylen, senior assistant prosecuting attorney, made a motion for the state asking the defense to turn over a witness list and any statements made by witnesses to a private investigator. Boylen and Conley said they heard statements from witnesses who said they had been interviewed by a private investigator.
Merriman said the defense has not submitted a list of witnesses and it had no statements made by witnesses to private investigators.
On April 12, 2007, Johnson was indicted for murder, murder of a child by a guardian or custodian and death of a child by a guardian or custodian in the death of Whited, who was 15 months old. He was reindicted by the January grand jury because of what prosecutors said was new information on charges of murder, murder of a child by a guardian or custodian and death of a child by a guardian or custodian. On Feb. 1, the first indictment was dismissed.
According to the original criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, White purchased a 12-pack of beer, which she delivered to Johnson on Jan 12, 2007. Investigators allege he consumed several of the beers and vodka. During the evening, White and Johnson had a telephone conversation while she was at work in which he allegedly asked her to come home as the children were ‘‘getting on his nerves,'' according to the complaint.
Police said results form the autopsy showed the child died from injuries to the head.
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Johnson gets life, plus 80
Wood County man convicted in 2007 murder
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PARKERSBURG - Consecutive sentences of life and 80 years in prison were handed down Monday in the case of a Wood County man convicted in the 2007 death of his girlfriend's daughter.
William R. Johnson, 32, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, was reindicted in January 2008 for the January 2007 murder of 15-month-old Jada Whited. He was charged with murder, murder of a child by a guardian or custodian and death of a child by a guardian or custodian.
Johnson's August trial resulted in convictions on second-degree murder, a lesser included offense of the first-degree murder charge, and on the counts of murder of a child and death of a child by a guardian or custodian.
During Monday's hearing, Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Reed sentenced Johnson to 40 years in prison on the second-degree murder, life in prison without possibility of parole on the charge of murder of a child by a guardian and 40 years in prison on the final charge, death of a child by a guardian or custodian.
Reed said the sentences are to be served consecutively.
Investigators said the child's mother, Stephanie Jean White, purchased a 12-pack of beer, which she delivered to Johnson, who drank several of the beers and vodka. An autopsy showed the child died from injuries to the head, police said.
At the time of the child's death her mother, Stephanie White, and her half-sister, Savannah Johnson, were living with Johnson in the Powell Apartments in Parkersburg. White and Johnson had been living together since they met in 2005.
In April, White was sentenced to three to 15 years in prison after her December 2007 plea to child neglect resulting in a death. In her testimony on the first day of Johnson's trial, White said with the plea she was taking responsibility for her role in her daughter's death.
During the trial the defense proposed Whited's death may have been from an accident where Whited got out of bed and fell down the flight of 12 steps. She was discovered by her mother at the bottom of the stairs when she came home from work in the early morning hours and carried her back up to her room but failed to seek medical attention until later in the morning, the defense said.
Debbie Lockhart, grandmother of the victim, spoke about Jada and the family experiencing her first and last Christmas, Easter and other holidays with her. Lockhart said Whited will be missed by mother, sister and other family members because of Johnson's actions.
"I think the court is right about giving you life without mercy," Lockhart said.
"I'll never understand why you didn't come to me, why you didn't make a phone call, why you didn't attempt to save her life," said Stephanie White, the victim's mother, in her own statement to the court and to Johnson.
Johnson declined to speak on his behalf prior to the imposition of his sentences.
Following the sentencing, Reed approved a motion from defense attorney Bill Merriman to be removed as Johnson's attorney due to his inability to pay future attorney fees and to permit Johnson to file for a court-appointed attorney for the appeals process.
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Sentence reduction granted for White
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PARKERSBURG - A woman charged in connection with the 2007 death of her infant daughter was granted a motion Monday to reduce her sentence.
Stephanie Jean White, 26, in custody with the West Virginia Department of Corrections, was charged with the death of her 15-month-old daughter Jada Whited.
On Feb. 6, White pleaded guilty to a bill of information charging her with child neglect resulting in a death. Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane sentenced her to three to 15 years in prison with credit for 376 days served. She will be required to register with the West Virginia State Police as a child abuse offender.
Beane granted the motion for her to serve six months at the Clarksburg Mission for a minimum of six months and then five years probation upon completion of the mission's program. She will be in court for a status hearing at 1:30 p.m. April 20, 2009.
In August William Ryan Johnson, White's boyfriend, was found guilty of murder, murder of a child by a guardian or custodian and death of a child by a guardian or custodian in connection with the death and will be sentenced Nov. 3.
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Rest in peace sweetheart. So very sorry you left this world so soon and under such circumstances. Slumber softly Baby Jada. Saffron xxx|
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