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Appeals court affirms 40-year sentence for partner in Jada Justice murder

Appeals court affirms 40-year sentence for partner in Jada Justice murder

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the 40-year prison term issued to Timothy Tkachik, the Hobart man who admitted assisting in the brutal 2009 murder of 2-year-old Jada Justice.

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Judge tosses neglect case on mother of Jada Justice

Judge tosses neglect case on mother of Jada Justice

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. issued a directed verdict Thursday, clearing Melissa Swiontek of a neglect charge in the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

June 27, 2013 11:00 am Photos

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Court considering directed verdict in Swiontek trial

Court considering directed verdict in Swiontek trial

CROWN POINT | Attorneys for a Portage mother accused of placing her 2-year-old daughter in the care of drug users asked a Lake County judge Wednesday to acquit the woman rather than letting a jury decide her fate.

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Tkachik takes the stand in case against mom of Jada Justice

Tkachik takes the stand in case against mom of Jada Justice

CROWN POINT | Timothy Tkachik spent most of Tuesday describing the lifestyle he and his then-girlfriend, Engelica Castillo, were living in 2009 when they killed 2-year-old Jada Justice.

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FBI agent: Swiontek was suspicious of cousin's boyfriend

CROWN POINT | Retired FBI agent Theodore May opened the trial against 31-year-old Melissa Swiontek on Monday, testifying Swiontek admitted early in the investigation knowing her daughter's babysitters used marijuana.

June 24, 2013 6:45 pm
Court dismisses more serious charge in case against mother of Jada Justice

Court dismisses more serious charge in case against mother of Jada Justice

CROWN POINT | Melissa Swiontek, the mother of slain Portage toddler Jada Justice, faces a lesser felony charge following Thursday's ruling by Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr.

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Judge asked to dismiss charges against mom of slain toddler

Judge asked to dismiss charges against mom of slain toddler

CROWN POINT | Defense attorneys for the mother of a 2-year-old Portage girl killed by others and later found encased in concrete in a LaPorte County swamp are seeking to have charges against the woman dismissed.

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Trial for mom of slain Portage toddler delayed to June 24

CROWN POINT | The mother of Jada Justice, the slain 2-year-old Portage girl whose body was found encased in concrete in a LaPorte County swamp, will face trial one week later than anticipated.

June 07, 2013 4:57 pm

Sentencing of man in Jada Justice case is again reset

CROWN POINT | Friday's hearing for a Hobart man awaiting sentencing in the death of Portage toddler Jada Justice was again continued.

March 08, 2013 8:30 pm
Life sentence tossed for Jada Justice killer, Supreme Court sets 65-year term

Life sentence tossed for Jada Justice killer, Supreme Court sets 65-year term

INDIANAPOLIS | Engelica Castillo was ordered to serve 65 years in prison instead of life for murdering her 2-year-old cousin, Jada Justice. The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Castillo's original sentence of life without the possibility of parole was inappropriate.

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Status hearing reset for June for man in Jada Justice case

Status hearing reset for June for man in Jada Justice case

CROWN POINT | A status hearing Friday for Timothy Tkachik, co-defendant in the 2009 slaying of Portage toddler Jada Justice, was continued until June 29.

March 30, 2012 11:15 am
DCS: Slain toddler's mother neglected her disabled child in 2000

DCS: Slain toddler's mother neglected her disabled child in 2000

A region woman who one relative described as a "great mother" has twice been accused of neglecting her children, one of whom died in a high-profile homicide case, state records obtained by The Times show.

February 18, 2012 11:00 pm Photos

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Court hearing delayed for mother of slain toddler Jada Justice

Court hearing delayed for mother of slain toddler Jada Justice

CROWN POINT | An omnibus hearing Thursday for the mother of slain Portage toddler Jada Justice was continued to April 25.

January 19, 2012 7:00 pm

Heroin suspect linked to Jada Justice case given probation

HAMMOND | A woman arrested with the two suspects in the killing of Portage 2-year-old Jada Justice was sentenced on federal heroin charges Thursday, court records state.

December 15, 2011 8:35 pm
Jada Justice killer seeks reduced sentence

Jada Justice killer seeks reduced sentence

INDIANAPOLIS | It was wrong to sentence Engelica Castillo to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of her 2-year-old cousin, Jada Justice, because Castillo's co-defendant likely will receive a much shorter prison term.

October 31, 2011 7:05 pm

Hearing in Jada Justice case continued

CROWN POINT | An omnibus hearing for the mother of slain toddler Jada Justice was continued to Nov. 30.

October 05, 2011 5:30 pm

Jada Justice's mom arraigned

CROWN POINT | The mother of slain Portage toddler Jada Justice appeared for an initial court hearing Wednesday before Lake Criminal Court Magistrate Natalie Bokota.

August 11, 2011 11:00 am
Mom of murdered Portage toddler charged with neglect of a dependent

Mom of murdered Portage toddler charged with neglect of a dependent

CROWN POINT | The mother of murdered Portage toddler Jada Justice has been charged in connection with her June 2009 death.

July 22, 2011 4:45 pm Photos

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Drug suspect linked to killers of girl sentenced for heroin

HAMMOND | A Porter County man arrested in a 2009 drug case was sentenced in Hammond federal court Friday to nearly two years in federal prison.

May 07, 2011 12:00 am
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