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Judge gives man who helped kill Jada Justice 40 years

Judge gives man who helped kill Jada Justice 40 years

CROWN POINT | Timothy Tkachik appeared stunned Friday when Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced him to 40 years in prison for his role in killing 2-year-old Jada Justice in 2009.

July 19, 2013 12:30 pm Photos

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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.

June 26, 2013 6:00 pm Photos

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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.

June 25, 2013 7:30 pm Photos

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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
Two high-profile Lake County trials to start Monday

Two high-profile Lake County trials to start Monday

CROWN POINT | As the week opens, Lake County juries will be selected to hear two high-profile criminal cases replete with emotional details that moved the region.

June 23, 2013 12:40 am Photos

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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.

June 20, 2013 11:32 am Photos

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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.

June 19, 2013 6:45 pm Photos

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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

Neglect trial for Jada Justice's mother scheduled for Feb. 25

CROWN POINT | The mother of slain Portage toddler Jada Justice is expected to go to trial Feb. 25.

May 23, 2012 7:15 pm
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

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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