Florida Woman Jailed After Investigators Say She Allegedly Killed Her 14-Year-Old Special Needs Daughter While She Laid In Hospital Bed

A Florida woman is in the Escambia County Jail after investigators say she killed her daughter while she laid in a hospital bed. 

Jessica Bortle, 34, is charged with negligent manslaughter. 

Pensacola Police say on July 8, 14-year-old Jasmine Singletary was taken to Ascension Sacred Heart by Bortle in Pensacola due to an infection. 

Pensacola Police say Jasmine was a “special needs” patient with a neuromuscular disorder. 

She was admitted to the hospital after doctor’s discovered an infection, according to PPD. 

While at the hospital, Pensacola Police says Jasmine lost consciousness and died despite life-saving measures. 

A medical examiner discovered she had suffered major internal injuries to her ribs and liver. These injuries were not present when she was admitted, according to police. 

Police would not say how the injuries occurred.

Pensacola Police investigators interviewed Bortle. They say they determined Bortle committed the injuries that caused Jasmine’s death.

Bortle was arrested in Bonifay and then booked into the Escambia County Jail. 

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