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Babysitter, 25, is arrested for murder of three-year-old boy

Babysitter, 25, is arrested for murder of three-year-old boy after he left note for mother saying the child drowned in the bathtub while autopsy showed he’d been beaten

  • Joshua Manns, 25, has been charged with neglecting, abusing and killing Jameson Nance, 3, who was found dead in his bathtub on June 11
  • Manns reportedly called Nance’s mother while she was at work and told him Nance drowned as he suffered a seizure
  • By the time the mother arrived on the scene, Manns had already fled
  • He left her a note saying it was an accident but nobody would believe him
  • An autopsy on the boy, though, revealed he suffered from weeks-old injuries like a broken rib and stab wounds to the head
  • The boy had previously suffered two broken legs and the Florida Department of Children and Family Services was investigating his ‘suspicious’ injuries
  • Manns was arrested by U.S. Marshalls at the end of June in Georgia on his way to his home state of West Virginia 

Joshua Manns, 25, is charged with neglecting, abusing and killing a 3-year-old in his care on June 11

A Florida babysitter has been charged with neglecting, abusing and killing a three-year-old boy in his care, after he left the boy’s mother a note saying he accidentally drowned in the bathtub – after the autopsy revealed he’d been beaten.

Joshua Manns, 25, reportedly called 3-year-old Jameson Nance’s mother on June 11, while she was at work, and told her he had drowned in the bathtub. But when she got back to her apartment in West Melbourne, she found that Manns was nowhere to be seen and had never called for medical assistance. 

Instead, authorities say, he left her a handwritten note saying he had a seizure while Jameson was in the tub, resulting in him drowning.

Authorities said he wrote in the letter: ‘no one would believe him and he did not want to spend his life in prison for something he did not do.’

The medical examiner, though, did not find any evidence that the young boy had drowned, saying he actually suffered from battered-child syndrome, suffering from weeks-old injuries, including a broken rib, stab wounds to the head and brain swelling.

Jameson had also suffered a broken leg last March, and the Florida Department of Children and Family Services investigated another broken leg he had when he was just 1-year-old, according to WESH.

And shortly before he died, the department had gone to his daycare to investigate ‘suspicious injuries,’ like burn marks on his arm. 

Jameson Nance, 3, was found dead in his bathtub on June 11. A medical examiner later ruled that he died of from battered-child syndrome, suffering from weeks-old injuries, including a broken rib, stab wounds to the head and brain swelling

Jameson Nance, 3, was found dead in his bathtub on June 11. A medical examiner later ruled that he died of from battered-child syndrome, suffering from weeks-old injuries, including a broken rib, stab wounds to the head and brain swelling

Manns was seen leaving the Grand Oaks at the Lake Apartments shortly after Jameson was reported dead

Manns was seen leaving the Grand Oaks at the Lake Apartments shortly after Jameson was reported dead

Manns was seen leaving the Grand Oaks at the Lake Apartments shortly after Jameson was reported dead

The West Melbourne Police Department posted on Facebook asking for any information about Manns' whereabouts, describing him as a person of interest in the case

The West Melbourne Police Department posted on Facebook asking for any information about Manns’ whereabouts, describing him as a person of interest in the case

Manns is not the boy’s father, authorities said, but lived in the same apartment building as Nance and his mother.

He reportedly left the Grand Oaks at the Lake Apartments shortly after his phone call with Nance’s mother, and was gone by the time police arrived on the scene.

West Melbourne police then put up a post asking for the public’s help in locating Manns, describing him as a person of interest in the case. 

More than two weeks later, on June 28, he was arrested by United States Marshalls in Georgia, ClickOrlando reports, as he was trying to escape with the help of his family to get back to his home state of West Virginia.

He was arraigned on Friday, standing silently as a Florida judge charged him with first-degree murder as well as neglect and abuse charges. 

Manns is now being held without bond as a fugitive.

Manns was located passing through Georgia, where he was arrested by U.S. Marshalls

Manns was located passing through Georgia, where he was arrested by U.S. Marshalls

He was arraigned on Friday, standing silently as a judge charged him with first-degree murder

He was arraigned on Friday, standing silently as a judge charged him with first-degree murder

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