In a press conference at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department on Friday morning, Jan. 24, Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger announced that Jeffrey Hoskins, originally of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, had been charged with the murder of his six-month-old daughter.
In October of 2018, while living in at Meadowlark Lane in Ripley, Hoskins admitted to investigators with the Jackson County Bureau of Investigations that he strangled his then six-month-old daughter. According to Mellinger, during Hoskin’s court interview he demonstrated on a teddy bear exactly how he had strangled the baby.
“The child had significant bruising under her chin, on her arms, and legs,” Mellinger said. “Upon finally speaking with Mr. Hoskins, Mr. Hoskins had confessed to the strangulation of the child in which she has died from those injuries.”
At the time of the original incident, Hoskins was arrested and charged with child abuse; however, he later posted bond and left Ripley.
Due to legal technicalities, the baby remained on life support for almost 15 months prior to her death earlier last week.
Hoskins was found at a home in Arnoldsburg and returned to Jackson County where a special grand jury was called in on Thursday, Jan. 23.
“There’s nothing pleasurable working the death of an infant child,” Mellinger said. “Especially one that died in such a violent manner, let it be known that in six months, this baby lived the worst of lives and died the cruelest of deaths.”
Mellinger said the mother of the baby did reside with Hoskins at the time of the incident; however, she is not facing charges at this time. As the investigation continues, additional charges could be filed on Hoskins as well as any others determined to be involved.
Hoskins did have other children living in the home at the time of the incident, but they have since been removed.
Hoskins’ arraignment is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, at the Jackson County Courthouse.