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  • Litton, Presley granted changes of venue

  • The woman charged with first degree murder and child abuse resulting in death of her 3-year-old child in 2012, has received a change of venue in her upcoming court case.
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  • The woman charged with first degree murder and child abuse resulting in death of her 3-year-old child in 2012, has received a change of venue in her upcoming court case.
    Jamie Litton will appear in front of Judge Kenneth Hayden for her case review set for July 1 in Laclede County.
    Litton and her boyfriend T.J. Presley were charged in Feb. 2012 for the murder of Litton's three-year-old son, Blake Litton.
    Presley reported the Feb. 16 incident that killed the toddler to police at 5:12 a.m. as a hit-and-run accident, allegedly telling a Morgan County deputy that he stopped on the side of the road to allow Blake to use the bathroom during a trip to Presley's brother's residence in Sedalia. Presley told police Blake ran into the road and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
    Investigators were unable to find loose vehicle parts, tire tracks, blood or urine along the side of the road and found nothing to support that an accident had happened.
    Following the autopsy, the case was ruled a homicide.
    Much of the evidence presented during earlier hearings focused on Litton's behavior at work during the night and text messages sent between Presley and Litton between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. According to testimony by Morgan County deputy James Walker, Litton allegedly asked a co-worker "to borrow money to take her son to the hospital" after receiving text messages from Presley saying that said he "had lost it" when Blake soiled himself.
    Other texts allegedly contained details about how Presley abused Blake. Presley took Blake and his younger sister, Faith, to Golden Age Nursing Home in Stover to visit Litton while she was at work.
    Presley arrived at Jamie Litton's workplace around 5 a.m. and stayed for three minutes. Security footage shows her visiting with Presley. She allegedly took Blake's pulse before returning to work. Presley then drove to the site of the feigned hit-and-run with Blake and Faith. Prosecution alleges Jamie Litton did not call for an ambulance or police once Presley left.
    Jamie Litton, whose shift was scheduled to end at 6 a.m., clocked out at 5:15 a.m. She then allegedly walked to a co-workers house to use a phone charger and was driven to the scene.
    The change of venue is likely the result of the large amount of publicity which this case has attracted.
    Presley had also filed for a change of venue in April. The venue for his trial has yet to be determined.
    Litton's case review will determine the direction of the rest of the case and will review the evidence in an effort to get a plea from Litton. If Litton accepts a plea, then a sentencing hearing will be scheduled shortly.
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