Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan calls it an “outrageous situation.” That puts it mildly.
31-year old Shakia Jackon is the mother of one of the child victims (a 1-year old) and 22-year old Danielle Hammond is the mother of four other children involved who range in age up to 10 years old. Jackson and Hammond allowed their children to be subjected to heinous abuse in conjunction with three other men: 24-year-old Daryl Carter, 22-year-old Mark Isom, and 23-year-old William Wade. The five adults have been accused of child abuse including “being punched, slapped, thrown over a bannister”, and being “shot repeatedly with BB guns all over their bodies, some shots leaving marks, scars and causing at least two of the children to bleed.”
The abuse allegedly happened in Jackson and Carter’s home in Darby. The other three adults live in Philadelphia.
All five of the children are now in the care of an aunt. Whelan says, “If I told someone this, they probably wouldn’t believe this could happen anywhere in this country.” But it did happen – on 7th Street near Cedar Avenue in Darby, Pennsylvania.
After the initial investigation led by the Children and Youth Services of Delaware County in June, Carter and Jackson were both arrested last month. On November 7, Wade was arrested.
As of Friday, all five adults were behind bars.
Wade and Carter are accused of holding Hammond down while forcing a 2-year old boy’s penis into her mouth. The children were also forced to watch sexual acts between the adults.
All five adults face charges of endangering the welfare of children, assault, forced sexual intercourse with a minor and corruption of a minor.
Hammond has been released on a $10,000 bail. The remaining four adults are being held on bonds ranging from $100,000 to $250,000. The preliminary hearing will be held on December 10.