A jury in Pottawattamie County has found Jason Curtis, 36, of Glenwood guilty of first-degree murder in the July 2011 death of his 5-month-old son. The verdict was announced Tuesday in Council Bluffs. Curtis will be sentenced in April.
According to court documents, Curtis and his son were alone in the home he shared with Chrissy Vyborny and their children on the morning of July 14, 2011, when he called the Mills County 911 center, stating his son Jackson was not, or was barely, breathing. Jackson was found unresponsive with no heartbeat or pulse and his skin a bluish color by first responders from Glenwood Fire and Rescue.
Jackson was taken to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs where he was pronounced dead. While at the hospital, Curtis stated Jackson was being treated for an upper respiratory infection and the medication was causing on to say he gave Jackson his medication that morning, fed him and laid him down for a nap. When he went to check on his son some time later he said he found Jackson barely or not breathing at all.
After Jackson was pronounced dead, a CT scan was taken of his head, and doctors identified areas of hemorrhaging on the outside of his brain consistent with injuries of child abuse delivered by an adult. The Iowa Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy of Jackson. The cause of death was found to be head injuries and the manner of death was ruled homicide.