Woman Killed Her Special Needs Daughter Inside Her Hospital Room, PPD Says

August 17, 2021

A woman has been charged with allegedly killing her 14-year old special needs daughter while she was in her bed at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Jessica Bortle, 34, of Bonifay, was charged with manslaughter for the death of 14-year old Jasmine Singletary.

Pensacola Police said Singletary — a special needs patients with a neuromuscular disorder — was in her room at Sacred Heart with her grandmother and Bortle.

Jasmine unexpectedly lost consciousness and stopped breathing, police said. Hospital staff began life saving procedures, but those efforts were unsuccessful and Jasmine died.

The autopsy showed that Jasmine had suffered massive injuries to her ribs and her liver. Those injuries were not present when she was admitted to the hospital.

Pensacola Police investigators said they determined that the injuries were caused by Bortle. An arrest report states told police that she “slammed the hospital table into Singletary’s abdomen and then leaned onto the table with her weight” after she  became angry after Jasmine cussed at her over color crayons.

The report indicates the grandmother gave a similar account of Singletary’s actions.

The investigation is ongoing.

“The Pensacola Police Department extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Jasmine Singletary,” the department said in a release.

“The loss of Jasmine was an unimaginable tragedy for those who loved her and it was heart-breaking for the nurses and doctors in our Children’s Hospital who cared for her. We send our deepest sympathies and our prayers for her family and all who knew her,” Ascension Sacred Heart said in a statement Tuesday morning.


18 Responses to “Woman Killed Her Special Needs Daughter Inside Her Hospital Room, PPD Says”

  1. ChildrenFirst on August 21st, 2021 12:32 pm

    My once hometown of Pensacola. What a shame. A city rapidly (for a long while) declining into a deep, dark hole of epidemic drug abuse, trafficking and death, child predators, child murderers and senior citizen abusers. I wouldn’t live there again even if one of the Good Ole’ Boys gave me a (overpriced) home to live in, an expensive car or a bank account full of money. Thinking about moving to this town? Buyers Beware. Beyond the beautiful blue water and white sparkling sands lay dark, dark, ‘murky waters’.

  2. Jr on August 20th, 2021 5:49 am

    This woman needs THE WORST possible outcome of this to HAPPEN to her..killing her own poor child and in front of a witness…I’m praying the grandmother wasn’t in on it. I’ve read in these comments about maybe she did this due to her daughter being of special needs and I agree with the one poster who stated that she could have let others know how overwhelmed she was…I agree with that’s what she should have done. But, TO KILL YOUR POOR DEFENSELESS CHILD like this…NO MAAM! You go straight to HELL and do not stop at GO! This is beyond sad…I personally know parents with special needs children and they even put themselves through higher education to be able to afford better care for their children…she deserves the “eye for an eye” type punishment

  3. N Larson on August 19th, 2021 7:38 am

    Why Manslaughter and not Murder? Does one slam furniture onto the abdomen of a person in hospital bed and then proceed to put enough bodily force on top of the furniture to fracture ribs and damage organs without realizing that such an action could well result in death? If in a fit of violent rage after the destruction of a crayon one person struck another with a piece of furniture and then stopped and the victim then died of their injuries, I could see that as manslaughter. In this case there are two steps the aggressor took and a tremendous amount of force required. That was her daughter and she was helpless in a hospital bed. Not only did she savagely strike her in the torso with a large object, she proceeded to crush her to death after that. Even if less than a minute, enough time passes for reasonable thought to enter the mind and give a person pause. This was murder and an unspeakable betrayal between parent and child. Manslaughter isn’t justice.

  4. MR REALITY on August 18th, 2021 9:34 pm

    Just what was she thinking?

  5. Swamp Rose on August 18th, 2021 8:58 pm

    The woman was likely thinking only of herself and how unfair her life is and seems to have reached the end of her rope. If she couldn’t take care of that poor child, she could have told hospital staff that she was feeling overwhelmed and arrangements could have been made for respite care or even adoption. Rest in peace, Jasmine.

  6. Brenda on August 18th, 2021 7:51 pm

    she dont need a trial she needs to stay in Prison The other inmates probley will take care of her.

  7. Leslie on August 18th, 2021 6:05 pm

    I can’t imagine the abuse this child took her whole life living with a mother who would eventually kill her. Rest in Peace, Jasmine.

  8. Citizen on August 18th, 2021 12:22 pm

    I have two special needs children and this breaks my heart.

    God bless that poor child’s soul. May she rest in eternal peace in heaven.

  9. Randall on August 18th, 2021 9:54 am

    I cant use the actual words on here to describe what I really feel about this woman. Hopefully she will suffer the same fate that she carried out on this child. I’m sure that there’s a special place in Hell for sick twisted people like her. I hope there is anyhow!!!

  10. Karma on August 18th, 2021 8:07 am

    I can’t wrap my head around this, children are a blessing from God, and a special needs child at that, children don’t ask to be here, their a gift, and for her to be so selfish and take that sweet babies life, she needs to be charged with more than manslaughter, she needs to be in jail for life and the grandmother needs to be charged to for sitting there letting it happen, if someone tried to hurt my children in front of me they would have had to call the coroner to that person not my child, it would be a bloody mess, may God be with this sweet angel and her family in the time of their loss, and their is a special place for mom’s like this, just a purely disturbed woman.

  11. Dewayne on August 18th, 2021 1:49 am

    While the grandmother watched in the same room.
    No comment.

  12. Bamagirl on August 17th, 2021 10:48 pm

    As a mom and grandmother, I can’t wrap my head around this. I’d die to protect my son and grandsons. This woman needs help only the yellow mama could give to bad we stopped that.

  13. Jane Doe on August 17th, 2021 7:26 pm

    She’s sick in the head

  14. Grandma on August 17th, 2021 3:27 pm

    I try never to judge, but this tears my heart out. I can say, would I have been the grandmother in the room with the daughter and victim, thee would be a lot of broken pieces and bloodshed before I’d have seen this happen. My God be with them. The mother will come to a realization of what she’s done at some point. I fear for her then.

  15. garbage on August 17th, 2021 2:28 pm

    that poor child didn’t deserve to be treated that way. God has a rather unique place for people who do this kind of crap. You have to hope the mother lands there in the end. Prayers for the rest of the family.

  16. Just Me on August 17th, 2021 1:57 pm

    She needs the death penalty for her behavior…..that child was abused bad before passing away!

  17. paul on August 17th, 2021 11:45 am

    It is despicable what this woman has done.

  18. John Doe on August 17th, 2021 11:14 am

    truly awful. rot in jail.