Jessica Bortle Biography – Wiki
Jessica Bortle is a Florida mother behind bars after police said she killed her special needs daughter in a hospital room last month. On Tuesday morning, the Pensacola Police Department announced Bortle’s arrest. She has been charged with manslaughter.
Florida police arrested a mother, claiming she caused the injuries that killed her daughter, who has special needs, while the 14-year-old was in hospital receiving treatment for an infection.
Jessica Bortle is 34-years-old.
Killing her Daughter with Special Needs
Jasmine Singletary died of massive rib and liver injuries. When Jasmine Singletary arrived at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola on July 8, her ribs and her liver were fine, according to a statement from the Pensacola Police Department.
But police say autopsy results showed that Jasmine, who had a neuromuscular disorder, died from massive injuries to her ribs and liver, injuries that she allegedly sustained while she was in her hospital bed.
The statement indicates that Jasmine was brought in with an infection and later admitted for treatment.
Days later, on July 13, Jasmine unexpectedly lost consciousness and stopped breathing.
Attempts were made to revive the girl that she did not respond to, but she was ultimately pronounced dead.
Police believe the girl’s mother, Jessica Bortle, was in the room when Jasmine stopped breathing.
“The medical examiner indicated that the injuries were so severe that Jasmine would have died within minutes of receiving them, and that they must have occurred while Jasmine was confined to her hospital bed,” the statement read.
Jasmine’s grandmother was also allegedly in the room when the girl’s injuries were sustained, and she gave police a similar account of the incident that Bortle made. He faces no charges and is a witness for the police.
Jessica Bortle Charged & Arrested
Florida police arrested a 34-year-old mother, claiming she caused the injuries that killed her daughter, who has special needs, while the 14-year-old was in hospital receiving treatment for an infection.
KATV and NorthEscambia.com obtained a copy of Bortle’s arrest report, which allegedly says that she admitted to investigators that she “slammed the hospital table against Singletary’s abdomen and then leaned over the table with her weight.”
She allegedly told police that she had become angry with Jasmine after the girl cursed her during an argument about breaking the girl’s crayons.
Bortle is being represented by a public defender, but PEOPLE was unable to immediately reach her attorney. It was unclear if Bortle pleaded guilty to the charges against her.
In the course of their investigation, detectives concluded that Bortle caused Jasmine’s fatal injuries and charged the Bonifay woman with manslaughter.