Teen charged in death of daughter

Posted May 04, 2009, at 6:15 p.m.

LIMESTONE, Maine — A 17-year-old Limestone youth has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of his 3-month-old daughter.

Nicklas Jones was arrested by state police Friday night at the Caribou Police Department and spent the weekend at Mountain View Correctional Center in Charleston, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Monday.

During Jones’ initial appearance Monday at Presque Isle District Court, Judge Ronald Daigle ordered him held at the Charleston facility until his arraignment, set for May 14 in Caribou District Court.

According to McCausland, the manslaughter charge lodged against Jones stems from the death of his infant daughter, Joselyn Aleah Jones.

The baby died on April 27 at a Bangor hospital from injuries she received on April 23.

State police investigators said the infant died from blunt force trauma to the head, injuries they said she received on April 23, when her teenage father allegedly threw her into her crib to stop her from crying.

Jones and the baby’s 18-year-old mother, Danielle Fitts, lived in the Sunrise Circle Apartments on Pondview Road in Limestone, McCausland said.

He said that after the baby was injured, she initially was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she died four days later.

McCausland said an autopsy conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the death was a homicide. Since then, he said, state police detectives have been quietly investigating the case.

Prosecutors could ask that Jones be tried as an adult. If he is convicted of manslaughter as an adult, Jones faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

If Jones is convicted as a juvenile, he could be sentenced to remain at the Charleston correctional facility until his 21st birthday.

According to an obituary published on April 30 in the Bangor Daily News, the baby was born on Jan. 16 in Bangor. She was laid to rest Monday after a graveside service in Etna.

McCausland said the Limestone infant’s death is the seventh homicide in Maine so far this year and the fourth involving domestic violence.

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