Mother Arrested for Killing Special Needs Daughter Inside Hospital Room

According to reports, a Florida mother is accused of killing her special needs daughter inside a hospital room after the two had a contentious exchange.

In a Tuesday presser, Pensacola police announced Jessica Bortle, 34, is being charged with manslaughter in the death of her 14-year-old daughter. Bortle’s daughter, Jasmine Singletary, who was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder, was admitted to the hospital on July 8 for an infection. On July 13, an incident occurred where a heated exchange between Bortle and Singletary led to the teen’s death. Police say the people in the hospital room that day were Bortle, Singletary, and Bortle’s mother.

Per NBC News:

An autopsy July 21 showed she suffered massive internal injuries to her ribs and liver while in the bed — injuries that weren’t present when she was admitted to the hospital. […] The Medical Examiner indicated that the injuries were so severe that Jasmine would have died only minutes after receiving them,” police said in a press release. “They had to have occurred while Jasmine was confined to her hospital bed.

When questioned about the incident, Bortle initially lied by saying she knew nothing of how her daughter sustained those injuries. However, she eventually admitted that she “slammed the hospital table into Singletary’s abdomen and then leaned onto the table with her weight.” Bortle claims she became enraged after Singletary swore at her over crayons.

Bortle is currently being held without bond.


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