Father Accused Of Murdering Girlfriend’s Daughter Now Faces Charges For Killing His Infant Son

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Jordan Taylor, a murder defendant from Kentucky, is facing accusations of killing a second child in a separate incident, Law & Crime reported. 

The 23-year-old was previously indicted for the murder of 3-year-old Amoura Smallwood, along with the child’s mother Alexandra Ward, who is also facing charges of complicity. Now, a grand jury in Clay County has indicted Taylor for the murder of his 6-month-old son, Ja’Vonn Taylor, according to local news outlet The Manchester Enterprise. The infant tragically passed away on July 17, 2020, while under his father’s care at home.

Commonwealth Attorney Gary Gregory of the 41st Judicial Circuit has expressed the possibility of seeking the death penalty for Jordan Taylor. He stated that all options, including the death penalty, are being considered in this case. The indictment for the 2020 murder was issued by the Clay County grand jury on August 3, with a formal arraignment scheduled for August 28, as reported by The Lexington Herald Leader.

Regarding the Whitley County case, prosecutors argued that Ward had a legal obligation to prevent Jordan Taylor from strangling Amoura on February 17, 2023, and subsequently murdering her two days later. Taylor claimed to be the sole supervisor of Amoura until the arrival of the ambulance, but the lead detective found inconsistencies between his statement and the child’s injuries. Authorities discovered injuries all over the child’s body, from head to feet.

In the case of Amoura’s death, Taylor faces charges of murder, strangulation, and sodomy. Ward, as the child’s mother, is also held accountable for failing to protect her daughter, as it is both a moral and legal obligation for parents to ensure their children’s safety.

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