If you’re having one of those moments where you’re wondering if evil really exists, the answer is yes, it does. And if you need proof, you’ll find it in Missouri, where 25-year-old Jessica Lynn Howell invited her boyfriend, whom she knew to be a pedophile, to have sex with her four-month-old daughter. Baby Ashlynn died after Jordan Lafayette Prince sexually tortured and then strangled her to death.
There’s no guesswork involved in this case. Prosecutors in St. Charles County, Missouri, have the text messages Howell sent to inviting him to have sex with her daughter. Prosecuting attorney Tim Lohmar told KTVI News that, “in those text messages, she suggested, she encouraged him to commit some unspeakable acts.”
We don’t know what Howell suggested, but we do know that Prince did indeed unspeakable things to little Ashlynn, while Howell was present. The coroner’ “probable cause” report revealed heinous injuries brought about by the fact that Prince didn’t just rape Ashlynn, he sodomized her:
Ashlynn was sexually assaulted causing multiple tears to her anus, a massive laceration to her rectum with massive hematoma in the area of the pelvis. The injuries to her anus and rectum of Ashlynn were sufficient to eventually cause her death even without the strangulation.
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Prince is in jail on first-degree murder charges. Howell was arraigned on Tuesday and is being held on $1 million bond. She is charged with child abuse and second-degree murder. Missouri is a death penalty state, in the event that Prince is found guilty of a capital crime. (We can only hope.)