Maine mother covers toddler’s bruises with temporary tattoos, can’t explain brutal injuries that killed boy – crime online


A Maine woman charged with depraved indifference murder in the death of her 3-year-old son appeared in court on Friday and was posted $ 150,000 bail.

Jessica Trefethen – who is also called Jessica Johnson and Jessica Williams – was arrested on Wednesday following the death of 3-year-old Maddox Williams on Sunday, WCSH reported.

Police said Trefethen and his mother Sherry Johnson took the little boy to hospital, where the boy died. Trefethen and Johnson reportedly told medics the boy was run over by a dog and then hit by his 8-year-old sister. But the chief medical examiner performed an autopsy and determined that the cause of death was “multiple blunt trauma” and the mode of death was “non-accidental inflicted trauma”.

The autopsy revealed bruising on Maddox’s legs, abdomen and head; partially healed abrasions on his face, covered with temporary tattoos; deep tissue bruising in the buttocks; internal bleeding in the abdomen, indicating a ruptured intestine; hemorrhagic brain injury; and a fractured spine.

Police said the autopsy also revealed abrasions on the inside of his lips and three missing teeth – x-rays showed Maddox’s adult teeth were not yet able to grow his baby teeth.

Trefethen reportedly told police his 8-year-old daughter told him the boy was run over by a puppy. She told investigators “she had no idea” how he got such injuries, but added that Maddox “got hurt very easily and her kids are playing wild and crazy.” Also, she said, he fell off a trampoline a few days earlier but seemed to be doing fine at the time.

Police returned to the chief medical examiner’s office, where they were told the boy’s injuries were “too serious to be caused by children playing, falling from a trampoline or being run over by a puppy.”

Trefethen was arrested later that day.

On Friday in court, Trefethen was ordered to have no contact with children under the age of 14 or with anyone on a list including Maddox’s father, Andrew Williams, and Jason Trefethen, the father of the three other children of Jessica Trefethen. Williams is currently incarcerated in the Knox County Jail and Jason Trefethen lives in an RV on the same property where Jessica Trefethen lives.

His next court date is October 28.

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[Featured image: Jessica Trefethen/Waldo County Jail]


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