Mom and Boyfriend Charged with Toddler's Death Plead Not Guilty

3 years 10 months 1 week ago August 23, 2012 Aug 23, 2012 Thursday, August 23 2012 Thursday, August 23, 2012 1:27:00 PM CDT in News
By: Meghann Mollerus

MORGAN COUNTY - At their arraignments Thursday morning, T.J. Presley and his girlfriend Jamie Litton pleaded not guilty to all charges against them in the February death of Litton's three-year-old son, Blake Litton.

Both Presley and Litton were present in the Morgan County Courthouse as a procedural measure, but neither appeared before a judge in the courtroom.  Instead, their attorneys filed not-guilty waivers on their behalves.  According to the court clerk's office, attorneys have 90 days to modify the waivers and discuss possible plea bargains.

At the hearing, a handful of Jamie Litton's family was present, including her father James Miller and minister and mentor John Wagner.  

The defendants' specific charges pertain to the probable cause statement, which alleges Litton failed to call the police when investigators say 21-year-old Presley admitted to her that he accidentally had "lost it" when Blake Litton soiled himself. Investigators say Litton also was aware that Presley intended to stage the child's death as a hit-and-run accident.  According to the statement, Presley allegedly laid the boy's body on the side of Route 135 near Stover before calling an ambulance. 

Both Litton and Presley face second-degree murder charges and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Presley faces an additional charge of abuse of a child resulting in death.  The second-degree murder charges carry possible sentences of 10 years to life (30 years in Missouri), with the possibility of parole.

The Litton family's minister told KOMU 8 the Morgan County community has continued to focus on remembering the life of Blake Litton and has advocated a child abuse awareness campaign in his honor.  

Wagner also confirmed Litton has been held at the Cole County Jail since her arrest.  Calls to local jails confirmed the Pettis County Jail has held Presley, since officers moved him from the Morgan County Jail on June 1.

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — Just as the Supreme Court struck down the Texas abortion law, the Columbia Planned Parenthood’s abortion license expired.... More >>
13 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:47:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Missouri passed a new law requiring all students entering ninth grade in public, charter, and private schools to... More >>
13 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:40:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Some Missouri drivers may see red, white and blue in the form of police lights over the... More >>
14 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:55:00 PM CDT in News
PLATTE CITY (AP) — A Missouri man accused of killing four of his relatives has pleaded not guilty to charges... More >>
14 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:24:00 PM CDT in News
OSAGE BEACH — Starting on July 1, the City of Osage Beach 911 Communications Center will be able to receive... More >>
15 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:04:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — According to Columbia Police Department data, Columbia typically sees an increase in burglaries during July. Spokesperson Bryana... More >>
15 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 11:54:00 AM CDT in News
WARRENSBURG (AP) — The president of the University of Central Missouri has been hospitalized after a bicycle crash in Colorado.... More >>
15 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 11:22:55 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A company is trying again to build a power line in Missouri for a multistate wind... More >>
15 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 11:11:28 AM CDT in News
HALLSVILLE — An Endangered Person Advisory has been issued for a Hallsville area woman who was reported missing on Wednesday.... More >>
16 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:57:00 AM CDT in News
MOBERLY — Businesses in Moberly are double-checking money as multiple reporters of counterfeit cash are under investigation by local police.... More >>
18 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:08:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — This summer might be a little bit quieter because this year's cicada season, beginning in July, will have... More >>
18 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:45:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Low enrollment and more dorms open than needed has caused the University of Missouri to add Respect Residence... More >>
18 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:13:00 AM CDT in News
SEDALIA — One person was arrested Thursday in connection with a shooting in Sedalia that left two injured. The... More >>
19 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:08:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Welcome Home Inc. broke ground on mid-Missouri's only emergency homeless shelter for veterans Thursday morning. Located off... More >>
19 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 7:55:00 AM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) — A southwest Missouri youth sports league is working to rebuild after a former leader embezzled tens of... More >>
19 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 7:27:25 AM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — This Fourth of July will be extra special for Southeast Missouri State University president Carlos Vargas-Aburto... More >>
21 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:36:38 AM CDT in News
HALLSVILLE – The Hallsville school board approved an approximate $430,000 in budget cuts Thursday night at the school board meeting.... More >>
21 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:26:00 AM CDT in News
MONROE COUNTY - Two men broke into a Monroe County home just south of Madison and tied up the residents... More >>
21 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:20:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
3am 67°
4am 66°
5am 65°
6am 66°
JSON parsing failure at character 1:'c' in ction Failur