PRESS RELEASE, 10/27/2015

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces capital indictment in death of baby

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of James Phillips (DOB 3-21-80) in the October 18th death of his 3-month-old daughter Jasmine.   Phillips is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Capital Offense), 2 counts of Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and 1 count of Child Endangering (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the death penalty.

On October 17th at approximately 3:45 p.m., the Mt. Healthy Police Department responded to a 911 call regarding a baby in distress at a residence at 8000 Hamilton Avenue.  When the police arrived, they found Phillips in the home with his 3 young children.  Jasmine was in obvious distress and was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she died on October 18th.

Jasmine lived with her father, defendant Phillips, her mother, Breanna Phillips, and her 2 older siblings (ages 5 years-old and 2 years-old) at the Mt. Healthy residence.  Mother was not at home at the time of this incident. 

The older children are now placed with relatives.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Mt. Healthy Police Department with the investigation. 

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled the death a homicide by blunt force trauma.

Prosecutor Joseph Deters commented, “Another baby dead at the hands of the person who was supposed to protect her.  Our community has seen far too many of these cases in recent months. 

As I get further into my service as prosecutor, I am simply stunned that someone would direct this horrific violence towards a baby.”