Jake Jensen has been arrested for the murder of a young child. Police believe that the little girl, who suffered from cerebral palsy, was physically abused by Jensen, who was her mother’s boyfriend at the time of her death.
In the days leading up to the girl’s death, she suffered several seizures. When paramedics attempted to take her to the hospital for treatment, her mother, Stephanie Mahaffey, told them that she would take the little girl herself. It wasn’t until a few days later, when the child had another seizure and would not wake up that her mother brought her to see a doctor.
The doctor examined the child and discovered that she had two broken legs that were in the process of healing. Upon checking her records, he noted that the broken limbs had never been tended to, and that made him suspect child abuse was the cause. The sudden onslaught of seizures was also another indication that the child was being beaten.
Unfortunately, the child did not recover from her final seizure and she passed away. After an investigation and several autopsies, police ruled the death as a homicide. Jake Jensen was brought in and charged with the little girl’s murder. Her mother has not been arrested or charged with any crimes.
While the lengthy investigation into the young girl’s death was taking place, Jensen and the mother of the girl decided to get married. They wed less than a year after the little girl died, and since then they have had a child of their own. Mahaffey has claimed that neither she nor Jensen ever laid a hand on the little girl.
One of her reasons for marrying Jensen was that she was so confident that he would never hurt one of her children that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him and have as many of their own kids as possible.