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Tacoma babysitter charged with murder in death of baby boy; $1 million bail set

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Jayceon Maurice Iven Thomas

Jayceon Thomas

TACOMA — A 34-year-old neighborhood babysitter was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder for allegedly shaking 8-month-old Tacoma boy to death.

Jamie Thompson was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Police arrested Thompson Tuesday afternoon following the death of 8-month-old Jayceon Thomas, a boy who had been in her care.

The woman — known to babysit many children around Tacoma — was caring for Thomas earlier this month while his father, Ivan, searched for a new place to live. After picking up the child from the babysitter’s house on April 11, Ivan took him to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma because the boy was not breathing and suffered bruising. The boy died in the hospital on April 12.

Doctors at Mary Bridge called police to report possible neglect after bruises and other signs of abuse were found on the child, police said.

Police investigated the babysitter’s house in the 1000 block of South Trafton Street and interviewed the babysitter, police said. Though all parties were cooperative and no immediate arrests were made, the babysitter was later arrested for suspicion of homicide.

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said the defendant has eight prior felony convictions as an adult, the most recent for custodial assault, as well as 11 misdemeanor convictions for crimes, including assault, public fighting and theft.


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  • Ted

    Something doesn’t pass the smell test here. She babysits alot of children over years, and then decides to abuse one? I’d be taking another look at the dad….

  • AnnaMae

    Ted you hit the nail on the head!!! I’ve know Jamie Thompson for 20 + years and although she may have had her differences with adults. She has the biggest heart I know any women to have. There’s absolutely nothing Jamie wouldn’t do for a child. She has SIX kids of her own and was still taking in other kids…. I think this may have been a distraction for the dad to drop him off at Jamie’s house. So if something had happened it would all sit in her lap. And DON’T FORGET TED the father…. (FACT) Was called by Jamie and told to bring baby to see a Dr. And DAD said he’s ALL RIGHT????? REALLY………(FACT) The father had kid napped the baby from the mother !!!! What friend would bring you a stolen child on top of that one that’s ( possibly clinging onto life. ) Me personally I would never ever ever leave my kids with someone for several days. Like you said it stinks and I pray Jamie and Jayceon !!!