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6/24/2013 8:08:00 AM
Defendant in child abuse case fails to appear
Jaccob Billiter
Jaccob Billiter
Scott Orr
Special to the Review

A judge issued an arrest warrant for Jaccob Billiter on Monday after he failed to show for a change of plea and sentencing appearance in court.

Billiter, 34, was indicted on five counts of aggravated assault and two counts of child abuse involving a 4- and 6-year-old child.

Billiter had been living with his 23-year-old girlfriend in a camper in the 24000 block of North Highway 89 in Paulden, where deputies were called on July 10, 2012.

The 6-year-old was found with a "significant injury to his head and dried blood on his face," YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said. Deputies were told he had been held upside-down while being whipped with a hose as punishment for drinking out of the irrigation system. He had welts on his back from the hose, and the head injury apparently happened as a result of the child being dropped head-first, D'Evelyn said.

The 4-year-old "had a visible injury on his forehead resulting from punishment by Billiter," D'Evelyn said. Paramedics took the boys to a hospital for treatment. A Child Protective Services report sent to Hancock in February said, "Both boys continue to present with significant behavioral and mental health issues."

Billiter posted bond in May.

In March, a proposed plea agreement was rejected by a judge as "too lenient." Billiter's attorney requested a new judge and the case was assigned to Judge Tina Ainley. He was to accept a new plea and possibly receive his sentence Monday when he failed to appear.

Ainley issued a nationwide arrest warrant.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Article comment by: kelsie lung


Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014
Article comment by: Adoptive Parents

This man was finally caught in December, 2013 and agreed to a plea deal on February 18, 2014. He will be sentenced in March.

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Community Member

This man was spotted in Paulden on July 18th. He disappeared before police could catch him. Be on the look-out. There is a wanted poster online If you see this individual, please call silent witness at 1-800-932-3232.

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Parent

If you see this individual, please call silent witness at 1-800-932-3232.

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