June 25, 2009

Found: Dead Body of 2-Year Old Jada Justice; Her Killers in Custody



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The body was found just off U.S. 421 and Snyder Road, near Otis, Indiana. Police said the investigation has shifted to a murder investigation. They expect to file charges against two people in custody soon.

Jada Justice disappeared June 16, when she was reported missing by her babysitter and cousin, Engelica Castillo. Police said Castillo, 18, seemed to be under the influence of some substance when she talked with police. Police have also said Castillo and her boyfriend Tim Tkachik have not been cooperative in the investigation.

Authorities believe Tkachik burned his face when he tried to burn Jada's dead body, a source close to the investigation said. Mug shots released by authorities clearly show blistered and burn-damaged skin on Tkachik's face.

The source said Jada did not die of those burns, and authorities believe Jada may have died two weeks ago Saturday -- several days before Castillo reported the toddler's disappearance.

Our prayers go to Jada's family with this sad news. Our special hope is that the people who caused her death burn slowly in hell.

10 comments:

Regina said...

My heart breaks for babies who are mistreated and abused. Children are a blessing from the Lord, and people ought not mess with God's treasures...

Villager said...

Regina - I'm grateful that I don't live in the Gary IN area to have to see this story daily. It is ugly. Police indicate that Jada was buried in concrete in shallow watery grave *3 DAYS BEFORE* she was reported missing....

A.Smith said...

Wait, if she was possibly killed 3 days before she went missing, then how long had this (clearly wayward and subpar) cousin been watching her??

San said...

I feel so sorry for Jada. I can't imagine what her thoughts were as she was being tragically killed. Jada didn't deserve this. Her loved ones need the prayers of all to pull through this. In addition to this being family, she has to deal with missing her daughter for life after leaving her basically unattended with this 18 year old knuckle head. If the cousin didn't want to be bothered, she should have taken her to her dad's or an older more mature relative for this extended period of time.

Karen Swim, Words For Hire said...

God rest her little soul. I have no words for those who harm the defenseless. I am thankful that this baby's killers were caught.

Villager said...

A. Smith - I don't know. The story is still unfolding...

San - You're right ... Jada lived a life cut short due to forces beyond her control. The people who where supposed to love and protect her seem to have tragically let her down. I hope that police quickly convict anyone involved in her death.

Karen - You said it all ... 'God rest her soul'.

Nubia said...

WTH is this about? An innocent baby! My goodness, what is this world coming to?

I would REALLY like to exhibit some extremely colorful language right now, but will limit myself to sending sincere condolences to the family and friends of God's precious little angel.

R.I.P Dear Jada

Villager said...

Nubia - Your blogging colleague, Ed Padgett, is an OV, ('original villager')! As such you are more than welcome to let loose next time the spirit hits you.

I feel ya on this particular case. Oddly, she and Michael Jackson both share Gary IN roots.

Anyhow, I hope you find reasons to come back and visit more often in the future!

petersangel22 said...

Why do people kill little children? If you don't want your child, put them up for adoption, drop them off at a safe house or with a family member that does. I guarantee someone will take care of your child the way they deserve to be treated. And if you're just babysitting someone else's child, then DON'T BABY SIT if you don't want to deal with children. What is the point in killing a beautiful child? Ridiculous. Rest in peace, Jada, poor angel baby.

Villager said...

PetersAngel22 - There can be no rational explanation for Jada's death...