Mother, two children found dead in John Street home

UPDATED WITH VIDEO A mother and her two young children were found dead in their John Street home Saturday evening, the victims of suspected homicide.
Sandusky Register
Sep 11, 2012

UPDATED WITH VIDEO A mother and her two young children were found dead in their John Street home Saturday evening, the victims of suspected homicide. 

Police have identified the woman as 23-year-old Heather Jackson, and suspect the children are her 3-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son.

Sandusky police are investigating the deaths as suspected homicides, assistant police Chief John Orzech said.

A friend of the woman called police to do a welfare check at the home, 723 John St., after the friend hadn’t heard from the mother all day.

Inside, officers made a horrifying discovery.

The mother’s body was lodged between a mattress and a bedframe, and the bodies of the two children were found in a closet.

Officers don’t suspect any weapons were used against any of the victims, Orzech said.

Police are pursuing leads, but named no suspects Saturday night.

They waited outside the crime scene Saturday night for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to arrive to process evidence in the house.

Family members of the woman screamed and cried outside the residence, as officers marked off the property with yellow crime tape.

They declined to speak with the Register.

Neighbors standing on the sidewalk refused to provide their names, but said the woman had only lived in the house for about a month.

Pick up Sunday's Register for more on this story.



She has a husband and he didnt have college on the weekends he was OUT OF STATE at college so dont point fingers when you don't know the facts. Im family and it sickens me that you can all be so quick to judge when all you're doing is reading what journalists have to say when they assume things and take everything that anyone says in.

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 I hope it's true that a suspect is in custody. I also hope since the crime scene is so close to the hospital's parking lot that there are also security cameras that may have picked up something on that house & video can (or already has) been reviewed, as was when Andy was murdered. 


I don't understand why many people keep assuming that Ms. Jackson might have had some responsibility for what happened. Not only on the SR site, but elsewhere, I see lots of comments such as, “it doesn’t matter what she did, she didn’t deserve this,” “no one is perfect,” “she wasn’t perfect,” “I don't care what this woman did, she didn't deserve this,” “I don’t care what she may have been involved in,” etc. I haven’t seen anything in the news articles I’ve read that indicate she was doing anything more than working to pay rent and at home that night with her kids. Am I missing something?


 Her (ex)husband wouldn't have it in him to do something like this, even if he had been in town at the time. He loved Heather. And despite everything that had happened, he still loved her. 

But it's scary to know that the person responsible for this is still walking the streets. It takes a real monster to kill to innocent children. 

I didn't know Heather very much at all. And I didn't know her children. But my heart aches for this family. 

Super Judge

 MBR please read the Toledo Blade artical  .   I feel for the loss of these 2 inocent children!


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 Really bornansraise44857...that was necassary to talk about her like that doesn't matter at this point it matters she and her kids are rude to just put her business out there..she was trying to get her life together that's the important thing...if you knew her you must not have been a friend because friends don't go spreading the worst of you in the wake of a tragedy...she was 23...guess what a lot of 23 year olds are not perfect but shame on you for gossiping like that nobody deserves to die like this what do you gain from telling all of is she was into drugs if she just got her kids back she couldn't have been on drugs they drug test you before they give them back so she was trying and that is so wrong to wipe out all her progress with that. 


I didn't mean to come across like she doesn't matter, she very much so does. No person deserves what happened to her. But reality is reality. Shouldn't the town of Sandusky have the right to know that this heinous crime was most likely not random? And no gossip, like I said truth, is truth. You people have no idea.... anyhow, it has been reported by friends, and family already.  Too many people are speculating, so whats wrong with speaking truth instead of painting a different picture?! We are all in charge of our own legacy.


 Now the thugs figure, "Hey, If you can get away with killing a cop in Sandusky & walk away with life in prison, civilians are  no big deal". Now they'll be running rampant like savage, soulless animals (oh wait, even animals don't kill their own kind), skip that last part.

This happened a little too close to my neck of the woods. Lock your doors & windows & get a weapon!


Well i knew heather and she was a great mother and who ever did this is a monster and thoes little kids didn't deserve what happen to them i hope they catch who ever did this to her and 2 little kids it is so wrong ... my payers go out to heathers family she was a good women and a great mother......


 All im saying is noone knew about the custody from the news and the paper and now since that was put up these judgmental people will start to form an opinion truth or not...not everyone needed to know that and thats what gossip is this should be a time of healing and respect for the family members not a spotlight for every wrong shes  ever done I don't know her don't care what her problems were I care she was murdered along with her 2 children nothing else matters god bless 


You are right. I guess my reasoning behing posting that is because the sytem is so broken. There just really needs to be more screening for future tragedies, and accidents. Maybe one day these types of nightmares can somewhat be prevented. Kids do not belong with addicts, they just don't. I am very saddened by this, but also angry too! My heart bleeds for the loss of them. It is the sickest thing I have ever heard.


 BornAndRaised..... SMH at you. Go away with that. Who cares what her past was!!! What matters was how she was setting her present and future!  Also... Whether or not she was what you say, she still loved her children dearly. ***please everyone read this correctly because I am NOT judging this young lady*** I came from a drug addicted mother, she got her life straight, struggled just as anyone else would have in my moms situation. But my mom raised me right, loved me, supported me. One of the best things my mom EVER gave me was the knowledge of what drugs do to you. Because my mom went through that struggle I didn't have to. That is one of the biggest postivies that came from being a child of a recovering addict. The know how of not becoming one yourself. **** again this is not directed toward this young lady, this is directed at bornandraised's arrogant comment.*** I agree with the other person who commented, you are spreading nothing but gossip. I for one do not care about her past. I give all of my thoughts and prayers to this family. These 3 beautiful souls did not deserve this :( 

She was so young ( along with the babies). They all 3 had their WHOLE LIVES ahead of them and some EVIL, EVIL MONSTER took away a daughter, sister, niece, aunt, grand babies etc. I don't care who you are, what you've done or not done in life nobody, and I mean NOBODY deserves to die like that.  This poor family will have to deal with this tragedy for the rest of their lives. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May god be with you in your time of struggle and I sincerely hope and pray your justice is swift! 

What is our city coming to? The good citizens ( all of us) need to step up and take our city back


 Wouldn't there be security video from the hospital viewing the parking lot............................Could be enhanced to view the front of the house and driveway.


I agree with most................................The death penalty should come into play with no plea bargain for these crimes.



Sorry but some colleges DO hold classes on weekends. I had many on Saturdays.

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While I agree that the mother's choices did not mean she deserved to be killed, when you have children within an illegal lifestyle, then you are responsible when bad things happen to them.  Poor little ones, they should not have been placed in the middle. 



Someone earlier had posted links to Toledo blade. I actually read the links. And now it's also in the newest article of the scumbag who is being accused. A friend found her body. Not the LE


@ faith-hope-love, No disrespect intended whatsoever. You obviously missed my point. Whether you believe in what the Bible says or science says about humankind's creation, humankind was an afterthought. God/evolution created all other living creatures before us. We came after. Whether human, animal, or insect, A LIFE, IS A LIFE, IS A LIFE. You either understand it, or you don't. We are are all killers. Some intentional, some unintentional.