Pensacola Police: Bonifay woman killed daughter in hospital room

Holmes County

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — A Bonifay 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 Saturday and then booked into the Escambia County Jail. 

Her first court appearance is set for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. 

Correction: An initial police press release stated the victim was taken to the hospital for a routine medical procedure. Police later clarified that was incorrect. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital due to an infection.

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