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Flagstaff, AZ – June 6, 2016 four people were arraigned in Coconino County Superior Court following a May 25, 2016 Grand Jury indictment for the death of six-year-old, Jason Hester. The indictment came after a nearly year -long investigation into the boy’s death by Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Detectives.
On June 22, 2015 the boy was found unresponsive in the home of his aunt and primary caretaker, Lillian Hester. Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Kaibab Estates Fire personnel responded and attempted lifesaving efforts but were unsuccessful in reviving the boy. The boy was pronounced deceased later that day at Flagstaff Medical Center.
An autopsy was performed by the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office. The official cause of death was undetermined, but there were multiple findings suspicious of child neglect. The boy weighed 29 pounds at the time of the autopsy and showed signs of dehydration, multiple bruises and abrasions.
Indicted were:37-year-old, Lillian Hester (aunt, primary caretaker) – indicted on first degree murder and child abuse64-year-old, Lenda Hester (maternal grandmother) – indicted on negligent homicide and child abuse61-year-old, Kimmy Wilson (boyfriend of Lenda) – indicted on negligent homicide and child abuse36-year-old, Jason Conlee (live-in boyfriend of Lillian)– indicted on negligent homicide and child abuse
All four individuals are residents of an unincorporated area of Coconino County, north of Ashfork, AZ.
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