Callous texts sent by toddler killer blaming the death on child’s mother
Text messages have revealed the twisted lies told by a violent thug, who killed a toddler in a fit of rage then tried to get away with it.
Jonathan Simpson murdered little Jacob Marshall after offering to mind the 22-month-old while his mum was at the hairdressers.
Simpson left his innocent victim with bruises across his body and a “catastrophic brain injury”.
When questioned over what happened, Simpson kept changing his story and even blamed others to hide his “murky secret”.
He tried to claim Jacob fell off a couch and hit his head on a radiator before saying he fell down the stairs instead.
Simpson even moved the boy’s precious teddy bear next to a sofa in a bid to back up one of his lies, that Jacob had fallen from the sofa trying to get to it.
He went on to claim he was the real victim and blamed Jacob’s mum Emma Marshall for ‘not making her house safe enough’.
In court, John Benson QC, prosecuting, cross-examined the killer over the appalling messages he sent after the callous attack.
A police sergeant sent Simpson a text message at 7.32pm, in which the officer said Simpson needed to make a statement.
Simpson replied at 7.35pm, when he said: “He fell off the couch, like I’ve told about 10 doctors and nurses plus his mum and nan and aunties.
“I done everything I can for that little boys safety and his aunty starts f***ed up accusations.
“I’m now stuck walking round Liverpool somewhere I don’t know where I am panicking that I’m getting took for something I didn’t do.”
Mr Benson said: “Poor old you, that’s the effect of these messages.”
“No, not really,” Simpson reoked.
Miss Marshall twice tried to call Simpson after he left, before the police sergeant again sent a text asking him to make a statement.
At 7.51pm, Simpson text Miss Marshall, saying: “F* knows I got lost an I ain’t speaking to no police you know I hate them an with use chatting your s* an bs yas make it worse now I know what you really think of me focus on u and the boys il leave u to it my thoughts and prayers are with Jacob though re-examination.”
Mr Benson said at this point Simpson was still maintaining Jacob fell off the sofa, which “to adopt your description, was “s* and b****s”.
He said: “When you read that text message Mr Simpson, do you find it somewhat embarrassing?”
“Yeah,” Simpson replied.
The court heard at 9.17pm, Simpson text Miss Marshall: “Hello u not speaking to me now fs I didn’t do nothing ur taking the p*** tbh”
Mr Benson said: “This is a mum at hospital with her critically ill child. This is all about you isn’t it?” “No,” Simpson said.
Judge Menary interjected and asked: “What did you mean by ‘you’re taking the p***?'”
Simpson replied: “Dunno, I was in that frame of mind at the time. I can’t really remember, it’s been two years now.”
At 12.25pm on July 13, Simpson messaged a detective.
“Hi it’s Jonathan Simpson here I’ve been informed by my mum an sisters that use want to speak to me.
“I’d just like to say I’m waiting to hear back off my solicitor and that I didn’t do nothing.
“The baby fell down the stairs I was outside having a fag an the bottom gate must off been open and I’ve come running in after hearing a bang an cry and picked Jacob up an he went into the state he was in.
“When I last saw him i was happily at the hospital waiting an speaking to doctors I initially said he fell off the couch cus I didn’t want to look like a bad parent that wasn’t watching him I’ve got my own son to fight for but he was looking for his mum who had literally just left I can’t believe this has all been turned on me.”
At 12.43pm he texted the detective again: “My signals crap an I’m scared off what’s happening my mum an everyone are too this is not fair.
“I wish I was never there I’m always in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I’ve been trying to change my life round an I thought that was eventually with emma I never came back to winsford cus u never allowed me but I’m getting accused of something so disgusting an vile.”
The court heard that when he was arrested on suspicion of murder, Simpson replied to an officer: “F***ing stupid, pathetic.”
The accused told the jury: “I don’t remember that.”
Simpson, of no fixed address, but from Winsford, Cheshire, was convicted of murder by the jury after less than four hour of deliberation.
He showed no emotion, but waved to his mum when led out of the dock.
The following day, Judge Menary told the killer: “Frankly you have not shown a jot of regret or remorse about any aspect of this case, other than fury at being arrested in the first place.”
He added: “Your attitude throughout these proceedings and this trial has been one of detached indifference.”
The judge jailed Simpson, 25, for life with a minimum of 19 years in prison before he can even apply for parole.