A first-degree murder charge was filed Monday against a 35-year-old Glenwood man in connection with the death of his infant son.
In October, Jason Mathew Curtis was initially charged with child endangerment, neglect of a dependent person and willful injury after investigators from the Glenwood Police Department and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation determined he was responsible for the July 14 death of his 5-month-old son, Jackson.
According to court filings, Jason Curtis and his son were alone in the home he shares with Chrissy Vyborny and their children on the morning of July 14, when he called the Mills County E-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 at 11:44 a.m.
While at the hospital, Jason Curtis stated Jackson was being treated for an upper respiratory infection and the medication was causing him to react negatively. Jason Curtis went 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.
At the time of the July 2011 incident, Curtis Jackson was on a two-year supervised probation for an incident that happened in July 2010 with his then four-month-old daughter, In that incident, Curtis and Chrissy Vyborny, the biological parents of the girl, pleaded guilty to charges of child endangerment resulting in serious injury, a Class C felony.