A Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old son after failing to call for help, says her little boy’s ghost talks to her and reassures her as she prepares to face her upcoming trial.
ABC 9 reports that 26-year-old Victoria Toth is charged connection with the 2018 death of her 2-year-old son, Jayce Martin. Toth’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Johnathan Pursglove, is also behind bars. Both suspects are facing charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child.
According to an autopsy, the little was boy was “sucker punched” so brutally by Pursglove that it burst his intestines open. Toth found her son unresponsive when she arrived to her Orlando home, off of Bethune Drive. Pursglove was in the home when the incident occurred and was supposed to be babysitting the boy.
Afterward, Toth reportedly failed to get Jayce help, and instead, searched online for the boy’s symptoms as he lay dying and in pain for days.
According to investigators, Toth refused to get her son medical care because she knew her boyfriend would get arrested for abusing the little boy. Authorities said Jayce appeared malnourished and had bruises all over his body. Investigators also noted “fist-sized holes” in the bedroom wall of the home, according to the outlet.
OPD has made a second arrest in the death of 2-year-old Jayce Martin. Johnathan Pursglove, 25, arrested on charges of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child. Jayce’s mother, 24-year-old Victoria Toth, was arrested on charges of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child earlier this month pic.twitter.com/o7shFSyf4c
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) September 21, 2018
During questioning, Toth allegedly covered for Pursglove, claiming the man had never harmed her son before.
“He’s never — he’s been so good to him. He’s been so good to him since we met. He’s never done anything bad,” Toth told detectives, according to Orlando Sentinel.
In a hearing last week at an Orange County courthouse, prosecutors presented evidence that Toth told her boyfriend they would be fine, and that her son, now a ghost, told her so. Although Toth was ordered not to communicate with Pursglove, prosecutors said she ignored the order and had several phone conversations with the man.
“I talk to Jayce and he tells me that this is something that we are supposed to go through,” Toth reportedly said in a recorded conversations. “Hearing Jayce tell me that we’re going to get through it gives me something to hold onto.”
Child Protection Team physician says the death of 2-year-old Jayce Martin could be considered a "torture case." His mother, 24-year-old Victoria Toth, has been arrested on charges of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child. pic.twitter.com/CZj8NTtB16
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) September 12, 2018
Previously, Toth said her ghost boy was following her around and playing pranks on her.
“He has visited us. We know that he’s visited us. We’ve seen the cardinals in the backyard. He’s played, played with the light switches here. And, I think it was last weekend.”
Pursglove remains behind bars without bond at the Orange County Jail. Toth bailed out, and awaits her trial, scheduled for July.
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[Feature Photo: Jayce Martin/Handout; Carey Hand Funeral Home]