PRESS RELEASE, 10/25/2011

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on the death of Demarcus Jackson and pending murder charges against Antrone Smith

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “Over the next week, my office will review the facts surrounding the death of DeMarcus Jackson (DOB 8-10-09).  A determination of charges will be made within 9 days for presentation to the Hamilton County Grand Jury.

Last night I spoke with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.  Both of us were very disturbed by the initial reports on the case and, specifically, the placement of the child back in a potentially abusive environment.

I pledged to the Ohio Attorney General that my office will thoroughly and completely investigate the circumstances surrounding the placement of this child and the baby’s ultimate death.”

Mr. Deters will not have any further comment on this case at this time.