CLEARWATER, Fla. — Clearwater Police charged a 24-year-old woman with first-degree murder after she reportedly confessed to committing the crime earlier this year.
- Clearwater woman admitted to killing her infant son, police said
- Victoria Jackson told a friend she put a pillow over his face
- Jackson set up a GoFundMe to raise money for son's memorial service
According to investigators, on May 24, Victoria Jackson told 911 dispatchers she found her 10-month-old son, Malachi, unresponsive in his crib. Police and fire rescue responded to her location and transported Malachi to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The cause of his death, however, remained undetermined as detectives investigated Jackson's story.
This week they learned that Jackson told a friend she'd placed a pillow over her son's face and smothered him.
Jackson was brought to police headquarters and questioned, during which time she confessed to the crime. She was then booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
Spectrum Bay News 9 searched Jackson's public Facebook page Saturday and found out she created a GoFundMe after her son's death to raise money for a memorial service. The page is no longer active but more than $4,000 were raised.
GoFundMe said it has banned the account and will refund money to those who donated.
"It's important to know that the platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means all donors are fully protected by a refund policy," GoFundMe said in a statement to Spectrum Bay News 9.
Victoria Jackson (Courtesy: Pinellas County Jail)