State Court Upholds Conviction of Father Who Drowned His 1-Year-Old Daughter in Pasadena Because She Was “A Burden”

Published : Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 6:18 AM

A California appeals court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of Marquise Jackson, a father found guilty of drowning his 1-year-old daughter in 2011 at the Pasadena residence of his girlfriend.

Jackson had appealed his July, 2016 conviction and sentence handed down to him on one count each of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

Pasadena police and fire department crews came to the aid of Jackson’s infant daughter, Mo-Nayjah, on May 20, 2011 at an apartment in the 100 block of West Del Mar Blvd.

The child was not breathing and attempts to resuscitate the girl were unsuccessful, a Police Department statement said at the time.

The girl’s family earlier said they didn’t know what had happened the little girl which might have caused her death, but police considered the case a suspicious death and initiated an investigation.

Jackson was arrested in Lancaster by Pasadena Police officers on August 25, 2011 and charged on August 29, 2011 with the murder, Pasadena Police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said at the time.

At his trial he said he despondent at the time he drowned his daughter.

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