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Murder charges against suspected Colorado baby killer are DROPPED after prosecutor gave TV interview claiming ‘he was only watching the baby so he can get laid’

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  • William Jacobs, 22, was accused of killing 10-month-old Edward Hayes
  • District Attorney Linda Stanley said Jacobs was watching the baby to ‘get laid’
  • The mother, Brook Crawford, and Jacobs got their cases dismissed 

Charges against a Colorado man accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby have been dropped after a prosecutor made disparaging remarks about him during an interview.

William Jacobs, 22, was accused of shaking 10-month-old Edward Hayes to death at the Motel 6 in Canon City the three of them were living at on May 21, 2023.

Police said he was looking after Hayes while the baby’s 21-year-old mother, Brook Crawford, was at work and had previously admitted to abusing him.

One year after Hayes death, the charges against Jacobs have been dismissed by a Fremont County judge because of comments 11th Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley made during an interview, reported the Canon City Daily Record.

‘I’m going to be very blunt here. He has zero investment in this child. Zero. He’s watching that baby so he can get laid. That’s it. And have a place to sleep,’ Stanley told KRDO in August.

William Jacobs (pictured), 22, was accused of shaking 10-month-old Edward Hayes to death at the Motel 6 in Canon City the three of them were living at on May 21, 2023

William Jacobs (pictured), 22, was accused of shaking 10-month-old Edward Hayes to death at the Motel 6 in Canon City the three of them were living at on May 21, 2023

The charges against Jacobs have been dropped because of disparaging comments 11th Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley (pictured) made during an interview

The charges against Jacobs have been dropped because of disparaging comments 11th Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley (pictured) made during an interview

‘I had just had so many buzzers going off when they said the boyfriend was watching him. There was a whole lot of things indicative of a prior incident with that baby.’

Jacobs was reportedly staying at the Motel 6 where Crawford worked at the front desk, then moved into her room shortly after they met. 

On May 21, 2023, police were called to the Motel 6 where Hayes was found unresponsive and transported to Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs, where he died two days later. 

According to an arrest affidavit, Jacobs said he was changing the baby’s diaper when ‘he went stiff and began making gargling noises.’

He admitted to biting Hayes arm while playing with him and hitting the baby’s head on the bathroom door frame while trying to make him throw up.

The El Paso County Coroner’s officer ruled Hayes cause of death was blunt-force head trauma. 

Jacobs was charged with first-degree murder and Crawford was charged with child abuse.

Jacobs was reportedly staying at the Motel 6 (pictured) where Hayes mother, Brook Crawford, worked at the front desk

Jacobs was reportedly staying at the Motel 6 (pictured) where Hayes mother, Brook Crawford, worked at the front desk

A judge dismissed the case against Crawford (pictured) in September after her lawyers argued Stanley's comments were 'highly prejudicial'

A judge dismissed the case against Crawford (pictured) in September after her lawyers argued Stanley’s comments were ‘highly prejudicial’

On July 12, 2023 Stanley appeared on behalf of the People at an in person setting conference for Jacobs, which was the only time she participated in the case.

Then in August, she did a sit-down interview with KRDO where she she accused Jacobs of getting with Crawford to ‘get laid’ and have somewhere to sleep.

Stanley claimed she thought she was speaking ‘off the record,’ but a judge dismissed the case against Crawford in September after her lawyers argued Stanley’s comments were ‘highly prejudicial.’

On Wednesday, Fremont County District Court Judge Kaitlin Turner dismissed the case against Jacobs for similar reasons.

‘Having reviewed the totality of the facts, the Court concluded that DA Stanley’s actions reflect knowing and intentional outrageous government conduct,’ a copy of the order to dismiss obtained by KKTV said.

‘As a result, dismissal of the charges is an appropriate remedy.’ 

Stanley is facing an ethics complaint and potential disbarment, which a two-week hearing is scheduled for in June.



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