Father Convicted Of Killing Second Infant In Southern California
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INDIO, Calif. (AP) – A father who killed his infant son more than a decade ago was found guilty Tuesday of also murdering his 2-month-old daughter, whose decomposing remains were found in a trash bag at an Arkansas storage unit.
Jason Hann, 38, was convicted of first-degree murder and one count of assault on a child resulting in death, according to the Riverside County district attorney’s office.
The Vermont man was living in Desert Hot Springs east of Los Angeles in 2001 when he became angry that his daughter, Montana, was crying. He struck her in the head and killed her, prosecutors said.
Hann and the girl’s mother stuffed the body in plastic and moved away, keeping it in trailers and motorhomes for nine months as they moved from state to state doing odd jobs, authorities said.
The couple eventually arrived in Arkansas and left the body in a trailer at a storage facility, authorities said. They intended to return, but they missed some rental payments and their property was sold, authorities said.
In February 2002, a man who bought the trailer found the girl’s decomposed body wrapped in plastic bags, authorities said.
Hann and the girl’s mother, Krissy Lynn Werntz of Indiana, were arrested two months later at a motel in Maine.
The California charges were filed while Hann was serving a 27- to 30-year prison sentence for the 1999 death of his 6-week-old son at a Vermont campground. The child’s body was found in a storage unit in Arizona the day after the couple was arrested.
Authorities said Hann had trekked around with the boy’s body for 18 months.
Hann pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in that case, and California jurors found the special allegation that he had previously committed murder.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Werntz, 34, is awaiting trial on one count of murder. A lawyer for Werntz couldn’t immediately be located.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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