The morning after an infant girl believed to be theirs was left at a church in North Las Vegas, the parents of “Baby Girl Jackson” made separate Thursday court appearances in Kingman, Arizona.
Fort Mohave residents Nicholios Nealy, 37, and Octivia Jackson, 33, are in custody for their alleged failure to cooperate with Arizona authorities who have been trying to find their newborn. Both are charged with custodial interference while Jackson also faces two perjury charges and one count of unsworn falsification.
The latter count involves Jackson’s alleged deception with representatives of the Arizona Department of Child Services (DCS) while the perjury charges are for alleged distortions of truth to Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss.
Mohave County attorneys office investigator Steve Auld said authorities began investigating child abuse allegations involving the couple 14 months ago. He said DCS took temporary custody of their three older children on April 29, 2016.
Auld said long term custody of the three older children has been the focus of protracted confidential legal proceedings that led to discovery that Jackson gave birth to another baby at University Medical Center in Las Vegas on February 10.
Judge Weiss ordered that Jackson be jailed for contempt of court on April 19, 2017. Her attorney Ron Gilleo told another judge Thursday that Jackson had been in jail for 57 days and did not know where her baby was.
With her baby now apparently located in Nevada, Jackson could have her contempt hold lifted during another hearing today (Friday). She would then still be held on $2,500 bond for the indictment charges.
Nealy has been in custody since his initial appearance on the custodial interference charge on June 7. Judge Steve Conn ordered him held without bond because Nealy refused to sign release condition papers on that date.
Nealy asked Judge Conn Thursday to release him so he could access personal contacts and other resources to “fight my case from the American streets.” Judge Conn denied his request and scheduled Nealy’s next hearing for July 10.
“You need to repent because the `Kingdom’ is ahead,” Nealy told Judge Conn as he was escorted from the courtroom.
Deputy county attorney James Schoppmann said Arizona DCS authorities planned to meet their Nevada counterparts to take custody of Baby Girl Jackson. He said there will be ongoing efforts to positively identify her before she would become the focus of additional DCS placement consideration.