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I chose this topic to inform people of individuals that are a danger to children, in hopes that maybe it will raise awareness to the public that anyone can be a threat and without the proper tools, awareness, and information we as parents cannot properly protect our children. It should be as easy as typing in a name onto your computer and finding relevant information pertaining to convictions of crimes no matter how petty they may seem. There is no way to know for certain if the person you fall head over heals for is going to manipulate, abuse, threaten, or cause other harm to your family, but if there were a place to look for red flags, I am almost certain the cases of child abuse would dramatically be reduced. I was a mom who was targeted, manipulated, lied to, and emotionally played by an abuser and I want to do everything I can to help prevent any-kind of abuse that I can. There is no telling is a man who abuses a child will get convicted of a crime, go to jail, get out and target another family; and by no means am I saying that it is just men, as you will see from my postings, it is a wide variety of individuals, and every single one of them has been convicted, but it took strenuous digging to find headlines and postings. No punishment is as severe as it should be. These individuals get 10 sec. of media attention and maybe a small blip in a police blotter, or even, and only if the media deems it severe enough abuse does it get posted online; but truth be told two to three weeks people forget and when those individuals move into other states they have free range to start a new cycle. 5 years from now, that same community that was shaken by the events won't even remember the name of the survivor. I want people with children or coming into a new relationship to have the security and certainty that none of these individuals should ever be around children.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Jason Michael Hann and Krissy Lynn Werntz

Couple accused of driving dead baby around country

Couple accused of driving dead baby around country

Summary

A man and woman are accused of murdering their baby daughter in a Southern California trailer park, then putting her in a trash bag and driving her body around the country. Jason Hann was also convicted of killing the couple's other child in 1999.
Story Created: Nov 6, 2009 at 4:06 PM PDT
Story Updated: Nov 6, 2009 at 4:07 PM PDT
These undated images released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department show Jason Michael Hann and Krissy Lynn Werntz. (AP Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Department)
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A man and woman are accused of murdering their baby daughter in a Southern California trailer park, then putting her in a trash bag and driving her body around the country.

Jason Hann, convicted of killing the couple's other child in 1999, is now charged with murdering 2-month-old Montana in 2001 near Desert Hot Springs.

Hann pleaded not guilty Friday in Riverside County. The child's mother, Krissy Werntz, had already pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Montana was killed in February 2001. The parents allegedly drove the body around the country before placing it in an Arkansas trailer. The body was discovered in 2002.

Hann was extradited from Kentucky, where he was serving time for killing his 6-week-old son in Vermont. The couple allegedly traveled with those remains for 18 months.

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D.A. to seek death penalty in slaying of infant near Desert Hot Springs

Prosecutors announced Monday they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing his baby daughter near Desert Hot Springs nine years ago and leaving her body in a camper in Arkansas.

The Riverside County District Attorney's Office decided Friday to seek capital punishment for Jason Michael Hann, said D.A.'s spokesman John Hall.

Hann, 35, was indicted by a grand jury in September on a murder charge stemming from the February 2001 death of his months-old daughter, Montana.

Hann also faces a special circumstance allegation of a previous murder conviction.

Also charged in Montana's death is Hann's then-girlfriend Krissy Lynn Werntz, 30. She will not face the death penalty because no special circumstance allegations have been filed against her.

But Werntz could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

Hann's attorney, Gregory M. Johnson, said the decision was disappointing. The defense attorney said he doesn't expect the case to go to trial for at least a year.

Montana was born in Arizona in December 2000, and the family moved to a trailer park near Desert Hot Springs about a month later, according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant prepared by Riverside County sheriff's investigator Gary LeClair.

Werntz told LeClair that on Feb. 10, 2001, she had gone to work and Hann had stayed in their motor home with Montana.

Werntz said when she returned home, she picked up the infant from a bed in the bathtub, but the baby was dead, according to LeClair.

Hann told a Maine detective in 2002 that he had lost his temper and hit the baby on the side of the head with his hand, and she died later that day, LeClair wrote.

Hann decided to keep his daughter in a trash bag so they could keep her with them, according to LeClair, adding that the couple left California two months later to travel.

The couple left their daughter's body in a trailer at a storage facility in Wynne, Ark., but when they didn't make the rental payments, property managers seized the unit and put the contents up for sale, according to LeClair.

A man later bought the trailer from the unit and while cleaning it out found the infant's decomposed body. The infant's injuries included skull and leg fractures.

The couple was arrested in April 2002 by Maine authorities at a Motel 6, according to court documents. They were sent to Arkansas in June 2002 to stand trial for the death of their daughter, but a judge there ordered the case to be turned over to California authorities because the death occurred in Riverside County, LeClair wrote.

Hann was convicted in 2006 in Vermont of murdering his first child, Jason, who was 5 weeks old when slain.

Hann is being held at the Indio Jail without bail. Werntz is free on her own recognizance.

17 comments:

  1. Hard to believe she is allowed to walk free and have another child.

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    1. You shouldn't judge unless you know the whole story!!!!!!!!

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  2. unless u know the whole situation u may not want to judge...cant always beleive all u read in the media

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    1. Thank you, my feeling exactly..

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    2. think about it, if the state of California really thought she did this why would they let her out on her own recognizance? who let's someone out on their own recognizance for 1st degree murder? She was very young, naive, scared and completely brainwashed when these incidents happened. She does and well live with this guilt for the rest of her life, and if she really didn't care about the babies why did she hold Montana in her arms for three days after she died? She loved and still loves those babies I bet. Don't judge until you've walked in someone else's shoes!!

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    3. Idiot. "Don't judge until you walk in someone else's shoes"? Really? Well if you walk on those shoes fool, they should give you the death penalty.

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  3. Someone close to their family described to me how she is living off of the system with our tax dollars paying for her to have another child. America at its best!

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    1. You sure seem to know quite a bit about the whole thing I wonder who you are

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  4. Anonymous:
    I was one of the Grand Jury members that recommended that 1st dregree murder charges be leveled against both Hann and Werntz.
    Anyone that abuses or injures or murders a child should not be allowed to exist any longer. What is wrong with our system
    of justice that allows a guilty party to go free?

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    1. Who are you to judge? She had nothing to do with this! So what is wrong with our system that allows media and people like you to critisize when you don't know the whole story?!

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  5. I was on the grand jury for this. She will not be convicted. The grand jury was comprised of 19 people. It was a heated debate. It took twelve for an indictment. The vote ended 12 guilty 7 not guilty. Really there was 9 who felt she was not guilty and a few more on the fence but they didn't want to be responsible for letting her off. They wanted a jury to decide so they voted against their conscience. It was a terrible decision. There is no way a jury will ever unanimously convict her. No evidence at all that she knew anything was going on.

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    1. Does anyone know if he was convicted yet?

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  9. I want the readers of my blog to please realize that this site is not about my personal feelings or judgement; it is for informational purposes only. If you know more factual details about any of these cases, I encourage you to feel free to post.

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  10. She continues to have babies for him to kill- third was saved yet near death, and she is not guilty? She knew he killed and was killing a third and allowed this, didn't report it. God will have to afford this so called mother mercy, as I have none for the baby maker. Wrong is wrong no matter how F up you are, and there are, or should be consequences.

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