Jada Justice Case Advances

Trail dates are imminent for the babysitter and boyfriend accused of murdering Jada Justice -

Jada Justice's Accused Murders to Come to Trial

Jada Justice's Accused Murderers to Come to Trial

The Dec. 7 jury trial of a Hobart woman charged with murder and neglect of a dependent in the beating death of a Portage toddler has been affirmed.

Engelica Elisa Castillo, 19, has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed June 26 in the death of Jada Justice, who sustained numerous skull fractures.

Defense attorney Lemuel Stigler and trial supervisor David Urbanski told Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. they are cooperating in accomplishing discovery before the case goes to trial.

The girl’s mother, Melissa Swiontek, left Jada in Castillo’s care June 8 for a two-week stay. Castillo is Swiontek’s cousin.

On June 16, Castillo reported the child had been taken from her car outside a gas station at Ridge Road and Louisiana Street in Gary after she left the girl unattended while she went inside to buy cigarettes and bottled water.

The statement by Castillo prompted a massive search for the girl that ended June 25 when Castillo’s boyfriend and co-defendant, Timothy John Tkachik, led authorities to a swampy, wooded area near Otis where Jada’s body was found encased in cement.

Tkachik, 23, of Hobart, also charged with murder and neglect of a dependent, is scheduled for a hearing Sept. 18.

Back Story -

Another Missing Black Child – Another MSM MIA June 23, 2009

Update on Jada Justice June 25, 2009

Jada Justice Found Dead June 26, 2009

Suspects in Jada Justice case plead not guilty June 30, 2009

Jada Justice Suspects – Death Penalty Trial July 2, 2009

The Dec. 7 jury trial of a Hobart woman charged with murder and neglect of a dependent in the beating death of a Portage toddler has been affirmed.

Engelica Elisa Castillo, 19, has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed June 26 in the death of Jada Justice, who sustained numerous skull fractures.

Defense attorney Lemuel Stigler and trial supervisor David Urbanski told Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. they are cooperating in accomplishing discovery before the case goes to trial.

The girl’s mother, Melissa Swiontek, left Jada in Castillo’s care June 8 for a two-week stay. Castillo is Swiontek’s cousin.

On June 16, Castillo reported the child had been taken from her car outside a gas station at Ridge Road and Louisiana Street in Gary after she left the girl unattended while she went inside to buy cigarettes and bottled water.

The statement by Castillo prompted a massive search for the girl that ended June 25 when Castillo’s boyfriend and co-defendant, Timothy John Tkachik, led authorities to a swampy, wooded area near Otis where Jada’s body was found encased in cement.

Tkachik, 23, of Hobart, also charged with murder and neglect of a dependent, is scheduled for a hearing Sept. 18.

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I hope the Castillo family is not wasting any money on this skank on legal fees. If so, what a waste of money…. give to charity. Let that cold blooded child killer rot in jail.
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Jada Justice Suspects – Death Penalty Trial

Prosecutors may seek death penalty in Jada Justice murder

The death penalty is being reviewed by Lake County prosecutors for the two defendants accused of murdering 2-year-old Jada Justice.

Engelica Castillo, 18, and her boyfriend, Tim Tkachik, 24, are charged with neglecting, battering, and murdering Jada on June 13.

Suspects in Jada Justice case plead not guilty

Suspects in the Jada Justice Murder case pleaded “Not Guilty” in court today. They are being held without bond. On this video, Jada’s Dad speaks out for the first time.

June 29, 2009 (CHICAGO) (WLS) Not guilty pleas have been entered for the two people charged with killing little Jada Justice. Jada’s babysitter and her boyfriend made their first court appearance Monday morning. Continue reading

Jada Justice Found Dead

Baby Jada’s body was found by investigators -

Associated Press – June 26, 2009 5:14 PM ET

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) – Officials have identified a body found in northwest Indiana as that of a missing Portage toddler, and the child’s baby sitter and her boyfriend have been charged with her murder.

Two arrests made in Jada Justice case

Engelica Castillo and her boyfriend, Tim Tkachik were arrested Wed., June 25, 2009, in connection with the disappearance and murder of 2-year-old Jada Justice.

Eighteen-year-old Engelica Castillo and 24-year-old Tim Tkachik, both of Hobart, were being held without bond Friday in the Lake County Jail. They are charged with murder, neglect of a dependent, battery and false informing.

Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter said he is quite certain that the child’s body found Thursday afternoon is that of 2-year-old Jada Justice. But, he said a formal identification still needs to be done. An autopsy on the body is scheduled to be conducted on Friday. Continue reading

Update on Jada Justice

Jada’s story is starting to get some traction ine the MSM with CNN picking it up.

This is a lot more important than some holier-than-thou Rethugly congressman shagging some ugly bimbo behind his wife’s back in Argentina

This from the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children -

Couldn’t get the CNN Vid to work right, but you can see it here.

My original story here.

Another Missing Black Child – Another MSM MIA

This one from BlackAmericaweb.com.

Two Year Old Jada Justice is Missing

Two Year Old Jada Justice is Missing

Two-year-old Jada Justice of Portage, Indiana has been missing now for a week. But you wouldn’t know it from watching national television news shows.

The child, a black toddler, was last seen last Tuesday when her cousin said she left the child alone in a car at a Gary, Indiana, convenience store while she went inside.

Justice is now listed on the Web site for the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and on the “America’s Most Wanted” Web site. Television stations, radio stations and newspapers around Gary and Chicago have followed the story and shown photos of Justice with numbers to call to alert authorities if she is spotted.

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