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Parents Face Charges in Connection with Infant’s Death, Father Charged with Aggravated Manslaughter

UPDATE: 1:37 P.M. – The sheriff’s Office released the following Statement:

On 06-04-17 at 11:45 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 6455 Treehaven Drive in Spring Hill regarding a one-month old infant who was not conscious and not breathing.

Upon arrival, deputies noted the infant had bruising along the right side of his face, by his eye, and both eyes had blood in the sclera (the white portion of the eye). The child was immediately transported to Bayfront Health Spring Hill by Hernando County Fire Rescue.

The infant received care at Bayfront Health Spring Hill and was then transported to All Children’s Hospital in Tampa. Physicians reported blood on the infant’s brain and a considerable amount of brain swelling. The infant was in grave condition.

Detectives interviewed the parents, Justine Vansant and Jesse Abney, at the hospital. The parents advised they went out for food earlier in the morning with the infant. When they got home, they put the infant in his crib. The parents then went to take a shower together. After the shower, they attempted to feed the infant. This is when they advised detectives they noticed he was limp and not breathing.

Detectives interviewed Joe Moore (Vansant’s uncle) who also lives in the home. Moore advised the couple did enter the shower together, but Abney got out of the Shower before Vansant. Abney made a bottle for the infant and went back into the bedroom. A short time later Vansant got out of the shower and went into the bedroom and started screaming that the baby was not breathing.

A search of the bedroom revealed a green leafy substance on the nightstand and sprinkled all over Vansant and Abney’s bed. In a drawer of the nightstand, deputies located several pills, empty baggies, a glass pipe, and rolling papers. The leafy substance tested positive for the presence of THC.

Detectives received word that Carson Abney died on 06-09-17 at 1:14 p.m. at All Children’s Hospital.

The autopsy report on Carson Abney revealed blunt force head trauma and several rib fractures.

Due to the extensive injuries, the death was ruled a homicide.

During the course of the ensuing investigation, evidence was obtained that showed Jesse Abney was responsible for the death of Carson Abney.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

SPRING HILL – The Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in connection with the death of a one-month old infant, after the child died earlier this year from what sources say were severe traumatic injuries.

The child was rushed to the hospital on June 4th, after suffering injuries to the head and abdomen. The child died on June 9th from his injuries.

The child’s parents, 19-year-old Justine Lynn Vansant and 21-year-old Jesse James Abney were arrested early this morning at their residence on Sarasota Street. Vansant is charged with Child Neglect with Great Bodily Harm and Abney is charged with Aggravated Manslaughter.

The sheriff’s Office has not released a statement at this time.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

June, 21st, 2017

SPRING HILL – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a homicide investigation into the death of a one-month old infant that occurred earlier this month.

On June 4th, Fire Rescue responded to 6455 Treehaven Drive, after receiving reports that an infant was not conscious or breathing. According to sources, the child was transported to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where he was listed in critical condition. Sadly, the child passed away on June 9th from what unconfirmed reports suggest were traumatic injuries to the head and abdomen.

The Sheriff’s Office could not comment on the case due to the ongoing investigation.

The victim’s parents, Jesse Abney and Justine Vansant could not be reached for comment.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • i pray and pray the whole truth comes out. It is not going to be what people think. Jesus be with Jesse. Seems he never had much of a chance to have a normal life.Many people love Jesse and cannot believe that he would hurt his son that he loves so much. Don’t judge, just pray the truth comes out and we have some peace about beautiful Carson.

    Saturday, 31 March 2018, 10:24 pm
  • I don’t care how you were abused or brought up yourself – there is no excuse for abusing to death an infant, period. He/she knew better, you don’t punch or slap a tiny little baby. The mother knew he did this and was still living with him, WTH? Even animals have enough sense to care for their young.

    Friday, 27 October 2017, 10:17 am
  • First off this kid was a dope head he. Blamed his cjilds death on sids . second everytime this kid would pull up with his child the babys head would be slump in the car seat an the baby always was going to the doctor with bruises . They are murders and need to be locked away for good ! Knew this kid personally .

    Friday, 27 October 2017, 6:54 am
  • Ok so first thing…Tom your right to have mentioned the pot at the house drugs are drugs. I honestly can say I’ve smoked in my younger yrs and I STOPPED due to the paranoia it was causing. So NO ONE knows what really happened. Second…. I called it months ago when the story first hit. They are GUILTY. There is no excuse anyone can drop a baby off with no questions asked but instead they killed that helpless baby. They need to be put under the jail till the end of time. To all there little”friends”that said they could never hurt there own baby….. guess u were all WRONG

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 5:56 pm
  • Anonymous

    I know both these kids they need help please get this on national level and please get the nations best attorneys to take this on pro bono no doubt punishment needs to be rendered but more for than the other they are both suffering and need help not torture that they will reckeve in the penal system

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 5:08 pm
  • AS I SAID ON THE OTHER STORY HERE ON THE OTHER INFANT MURDER……..LOOK AT THERE EYES! NO SUNSHINE!!! JUST BLANK EVIL! WHICHEVER OR BOTH WHO DID THIS! ROT IN HELL SCUMBAGS! YOU EFFIN F—N COWARDS! SOUL-LESS! HEARTLESS WASTE’S OF OXYGEN! O.M.G.! PLEASE HELP US! I HOPE TO GOD MR. MOORE THE UNCLE……………..SPOKE ( THE TRUTH) AND IF SO THANK YOU SIR FOR DOING SO!

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 4:33 pm
  • There is so
    Many people who can’t have kids ,this so sad if they didn’t want the baby put him up for adoption theirs a couple who would love to have a chance to raise the baby . Give it up let some one show love to the child. The parents that did this awful thing should get life without parole

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 3:36 pm
  • Rest in Peace baby angel. Heaven will take good care of you.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 3:34 pm
  • Manslaughter?????? No murder!!!!!

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 3:33 pm
  • Why blame marijuana lol that didn’t contribute to the death. Legalize marijuana Florida!

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 3:14 pm
      • Marijuana does not intoxicate you to the point you accidentally or intentionally murder a baby. There were obviously underlying issues that marijuana has nothing to do with.

        Thursday, 26 October 2017, 4:15 pm
          • I’m very aware of that fact, and I never said it’s not an intoxicant or that you should smoke and drive. Just that it will not cause you to intentionally cause harm to a child.

            Thursday, 26 October 2017, 4:55 pm
              • marijuana doesnt make you shake to blame this on the presence of marijuana is ridiculous almost every parent i know smokes marijuana and they are great parents and their kids are healthy.

                Friday, 27 October 2017, 7:37 am
                • WATCH OUT FOR THAT BIG TRUCK THAT SAYS SWAT ON IT AT THE END OF YOUR BLOCK LOOKING FOR YOUR FRIENDS.

                  Friday, 27 October 2017, 5:17 pm
  • BURN THEM ALIVE.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 3:00 pm
  • I went to school with her, im so glad i dont live in springhill any more because i would of been charged with murder…this really pisses me off!!! How are you going to have a kid and then kill your OWN child?!?!

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 2:08 pm
  • Very well written maddy. I totally agree with you.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 1:26 pm
  • There are people who would be the best parents in the world who unfortunately cant have kids, and these like this get the chance…

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 1:12 pm
  • Sadly this poor baby never had a chance with these monsters! I don’t know why people can’t be responsible and not have children they don’t want. They could have put this child up for adoption, reached out to someone, anyone!!! Harming a baby or child because they won’t stop crying is ridiculous! Rest In Peace Angel baby!

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 1:12 pm
  • I don’t believe for a second that Jesse did this. Better look longer and harder at HER mother who was investigated more than once by DCF in regards to abusing or neglecting her own kids! Jesse has suffered enough loss in his young life, I don’t believe he killed his son.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 1:10 pm
    • I know Jesse too, he lived with me for over a year after his mother died, he has suffered greatly in his young life. To all these people who like to play judge, jury, and God without knowing ALL the facts, shame on you!!! You don’t know him, you weren’t there!! All I can say after knowing this young man for almost 6 years and having him around my young son, and seeing him interact with him and his own younger brother, I don’t believe he would EVER intentionally hurt ANY child, especially his own! He is young and has been through more horrible things than many of you can imagine, but that doesn’t make him a killer. And neither does smoking weed. Let’s get real here. I hope they investigate further, and find out what REALLY happened to baby Carson.

      Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:25 pm
    • HE DID NOTHING ABOUT IT . HE IS JUST AS GUILTY AS SHE IS. THEY SHOULD BOTH GET WHAT THEY GAVE.
      SAVE US TAX PAYERS THE COST OF A TRIAL AND PAYING FOR THEIR ROOM AND BOARD FOR THE REST OF THEIR MISERABLE LIVES.

      Friday, 27 October 2017, 5:21 pm
  • This is such a sad story one which seems to be an ongoing issue nationwide. To me if a parent kills their own child, especially a mother, the punishment should be life without parole. I wish i could say death but why should they get the easy way out? I just dont understand what kind of person could physically hurt a 1 month old baby. Im a mother and a new grandmother of a 5 month old. I could never imagine hurting a child much less one that cant in any way defend itself. It takes sick evil people to hurt their one month old. That kind of sick does not belong in society.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 12:40 pm
    • She made some questionable comments on social media that were there one second and gone the next before I could street shot them. She definitely does not look like the motherly type. I just hope he doesn’t take the fall for that b#tch.

      Thursday, 26 October 2017, 1:13 pm
      • Me too. I know he has been heart broken since Carson died.

        Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:27 pm
    • I agree with you Maddy life behind bars with women who know what you did is a better punishment than an easy death.

      Thursday, 26 October 2017, 2:13 pm

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