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Autopsy report on emaciated Lufkin baby says the manner of death was 'homicide'

Dequisha Jackson and Isaiah Tolliver (Source: Angelina County Jail) Dequisha Jackson and Isaiah Tolliver (Source: Angelina County Jail)

An autopsy report released to East Texas News Tuesday revealed that the severely emaciated 2-month-old baby boy who weighed only 5.6 pounds when he died at a Lufkin hospital on Oct. 11, 2013 died as a result of malnutrition and dehydration and ruled that his death was a homicide.

"The manner of death was homicide due to child neglect," the last line of the autopsy's conclusion stated.

The autopsy was performed by a forensic pathologist at the Southwestern Institute for Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

An Angelina County grand jury indicted a young Lufkin couple on murder charges in connection to the death of Imauri Jackson, the 2-month-old baby boy, in December 2013.

 The indictment listed three possible felony charges - first-degree murder, manslaughter, or child endangerment. Katrina Carswell, a prosecuting attorney for Angelina County, said in a previous East Texas News story that the three charges will give jurors a wide range of choices when the couple's cases go to trial.

"Because we always want to maximize our efforts in prosecuting criminal behavior, it's not unusual to explore all our options based on the evidence and the legal significance of that evidence," Carswell said.

First-degree murder carries a punishment range of five to 99 years or life in prison. A person convicted of manslaughter, a second-degree felony, would face anywhere from two to 20 years in prison. Endangering a child, which is a state-jail felony, carries a punishment range of six months to two years.

Dequisha Jackson, 18, and Isaiah Tolliver, 19, were each indicted on a state-jail felony charge of child endangerment. Both of them are still being held in the Angelina County Jail. Each person's bail was set at $25,000.

According to the arrest affidavit, an LPD officer was dispatched to 1500 Williams Street at approximately 10:14 a.m. about an unresponsive newborn child. It was reported that the child wasn't breathing.

The officer arrived on the scene at about the time EMS personnel were taking the infant, Imauri Jackson, to Lufkin's Memorial Hospital. The child's mother went with them.

The child was pronounced dead at Lufkin's Memorial Hospital a short time later. Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Billy Ball ordered an autopsy be performed on the baby.

The arrest affidavit stated that another LPD officer was on hand at the hospital as doctors and nurses were treating the baby. According to the second LPD officer, Imauri "was very thin and gaunt, his ribs and other bones showing." The officer and the medical staff assumed Imauri was a premature baby, the affidavit stated.

When a hospital staff member asked Jackson how premature her baby was, she replied that she had carried him full term, 9 months and that he had weighed more than 6 pounds when he was born.

"As part of his treatment, Imauri was weighed by hospital staff and found to weigh in at 5.6 pounds, including various medical devices which were attached to him," the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, Dr. Melissa Handley, the attending physician, said, based on her observations, Imauri suffered from severe malnutrition. The doctor said the malnutrition could have contributed to the baby's death.

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