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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Litton, Presley waive arraignments

  • The Stover mother accused of helping her boyfriend cover up the beating death of her 3-year-old son has waived her arraignment in circuit court.


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  • The Stover mother accused of helping her boyfriend cover up the beating death of her 3-year-old son has waived her arraignment in circuit court.
    Jamie Ann Litton and the boyfirend, Thomas (T.J.) Presley were scheduled to be formally charged in circuit court last week in the death of Blake Litton, who died in early February. In an unusual move, both Litton and Presley waived their arraignments.
    Litton and Presley face second degree murder charges and endangering the welfare of a child. Presley also faces additional charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
    The charges stem from the alleged staging of a car accident outside Stover to hide the fact that Presley had severly abused Litton’s 3-year-old son, Blake.
    According to court documents, the couple exchanged numerous text messages throughout the early morning hours on February 23 where Presley admitted he "lost it" because Blake had soiled his pants. Presley feared the toddler was paralyzed.
    Presley told investigators he staged the hit-and-run accident in an attempt to seek medical attention for the child while avoiding a lifelong prison sentence for himself.
    Litton said she knew about Blake's injuries and Presley's plan, but thought Presley was driving to the emergency room when she received a text saying Blake was hit by a car. At the scene of the fraudulent accident, she failed to tell authorities the true nature and source of Blake’s injuries.
    Blake was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. February 23 from a lacerated liver and a ruptured blood vessel in his brain. The autopsy also cited a number of bruises and other lacerations on Blake's head, torso, buttocks, legs and arms.
    Litton's youngest child, a 3-year-old girl, also showed signs of abuse. A nurse examiner found she had suffered an untreated broken wrist along with visible bruising on her head, torso, legs, buttocks and arms. The injuries were anywhere from one to two weeks old.
    At the time, the The Department of Family Services removed Blake's sister from the home and placed her with relatives.
    Litton and Presley are being represented by public defenders. Litton and Presley waived their preliminary hearings in July.
     
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