SPD Closes Case on Tragic Incident Involving Child's Death

Last Updated 12/18/2023In Police News, Latest City News

Statesville, North CarolinaDecember 18, 2023: The Statesville Police Department is providing an update on a tragic incident that occurred on September 5, 2019, and has now reached a conclusion.

On September 5, 2019, the Statesville Police Department received a call and dispatched officers to 1203 Alexander Street in response to an unresponsive 2-year-old child. Upon arrival at the scene, officers spoke with Jordan Simmons, who was identified as the child's stepfather. Simmons reported that he had taken the child on a motorcycle ride earlier that day, which resulted in an accident.

He further stated that upon returning home, he placed the child in a bathtub filled with water before briefly leaving the premises. When he returned, he discovered the child unresponsive in the bathtub. Despite immediate transportation to Iredell Memorial Hospital, the child passed away.

The investigation, led by the Criminal Investigations Division, uncovered evidence suggesting that the child's injuries were inconsistent with the initial account provided by Jordan Simmons. As the investigation progressed, Simmons was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Felony Child Abuse with Serious Injury.

On December 12, 2023, Jordan Hoyt Simmons entered an Alford plea to 2nd Degree Murder during a court hearing presided over by the Honorable J. Crosswhite. Assistant District Attorney Carrie Nitzu prosecuted the case, which resulted in Judge Crosswhite sentencing Simmons to an active term of 125 to 164 months.

The Statesville Police Department wishes to express its gratitude to District Attorney Sarah Kirkman and the entire District Attorney's Office for their dedication and commitment to seeking justice and closure for the family and community affected by this tragedy.

Statesville Police Department Annual Crime ReportView the Annual Crime Report for 2023 for the Statesville Police Department.
Statesville Police Department Welcomes Five New OfficersOn February 14, 2024, the Statesville Police Department welcomed five new officers into its ranks during a swearing-in ceremony held at ...
Statesville Police Department Makes Drug Arrests Followi... On February 10, 2024, members of the Statesville Police Department's Criminal Response Team conducted a routine traffic stop, leading to...
Arrest Made After Illegal Drug Related ComplaintsStatesville, North Carolina – February 11, 2024: The Statesville Police Department has successfully addressed complaints regarding illeg...
Districts 1 & District 4 Community Meeting
Mar 21, 2024
6:00 PM EDT
1875 Simonton Rd
Statesville, NC 28677
Read More 
Community Fun Day - Kimbrough Park
Mar 22, 2024
4:00 PM EDT
1833 Greenbriar Rd.
Statesville, NC 28625
Read More