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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CROWN POINT | Friday's hearing for a Hobart man awaiting sentencing in the death of Portage toddler Jada Justice was again continued.
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.
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.
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.
CROWN POINT | An omnibus hearing Thursday for the mother of slain Portage toddler Jada Justice was continued to April 25.
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.
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.
CROWN POINT | An omnibus hearing for the mother of slain toddler Jada Justice was continued to Nov. 30.
CROWN POINT | The mother of slain Portage toddler Jada Justice appeared for an initial court hearing Wednesday before Lake Criminal Court Magistrate Natalie Bokota.
CROWN POINT | The mother of murdered Portage toddler Jada Justice has been charged in connection with her June 2009 death.
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.
CROWN POINT | Friday's sentencing of Timothy Tkachik, co-defendant in the Jada Justice case, has been continued until April 8.
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