A week after police say she killed her 7-year-old disabled son and attempted to kill herself, Tashina Aleine Jordan, 28, was charged with aggravated murder.
Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel told The Bulletin he would soon make a preliminary determination on whether to pursue the death penalty against the Bend woman.
At noon Tuesday doctors at St. Charles Bend cleared Jordan to be released to the Deschutes County jail, where she is currently housed.
Just before 6 p.m. Aug. 20, police were called to Jordan’s house on Mount Hope Drive. Jordan’s son, Mason, was pronounced dead at the scene. Jordan was found in a “life-threatening” condition and taken to St. Charles Bend.
Hummel said last week that at first, Jordan wasn’t expected to recover, but her condition improved. He said Tuesday Jordan overdosed on pills, but didn’t specify.
Mason was born healthy but, after several weeks, suffered medical emergencies that left him with severe disabilities. According to an online biography, he had cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus.
Police kept Jordan under tight supervision while she was a patient at St. Charles, Hummel said. By the end of last week, Hummel was preparing to file charges against Jordan should she survive her overdose. Monday afternoon, a grand jury returned a secret indictment containing the aggravated murder charge.
Jordan is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court.
Aggravated murder is the only crime eligible for the death penalty in Oregon, but for a murder to be considered aggravated, certain criteria must be met. In Jordan’s case, the charge is considered aggravated because the victim is under 14.
Hummel said his office will consult with family members of the victim and review Deschutes County case history before he decides whether to pursue the death penalty.
“We’ll see if this defendant’s case is among the worst of the worst aggravated murder cases we’ve handled,” Hummel said.
The last defendant to face aggravated murder in a Deschutes County courtroom was Edwin Lara, who was convicted in January of killing Kaylee Anne Sawyer while working as a campus security guard in Bend.
Prior to Lara, the next most recent Deschutes County defendant to be with charged with aggravated murder was Mario Morataya of Redmond. He pleaded guilty in March 2016 to killing his girlfriend, Rebekah Gomes, and was sentenced to life in prison with parole possible after 30 years.
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