Fall River couple indicted in teen’s death

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October 29, 2020: John Almond and Jaclyn Coleman

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE)- A grand jury in Bristol County indicted a couple connected to the death of a 14-year-old boy and the abuse of one of his triplet brothers.

John Almond, 33, and Jaclyn Marie Coleman, 26, were indicted on charges of second-degree murder and neglect of a disabled person resulting in serious bodily injury.

Coleman was also indicted on withholding evidence from an official proceeding. Coleman allegedly tried to destroy a cell phone in front of police officers.

Almond is the father of the boys and Coleman is his girlfriend.

At 7:45 p.m. on October 21, 2020, Fall River Police responded to a report of an unresponsive male at a home on Green Street. When officers arrived on scene, they found 14-year-old David Almond covered in feces and living in “abhorrent conditions”.

Almond suffered form an intellectual disability.

He was rushed to Charlton Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

During the investigation, investigators found that one of David Almond’s triplet brothers, Michael, was also a victim of neglect.

Michael Almond was found in an “emaciated condition” and was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for treatment.

“The facts and circumstances relating to the indictments are extremely disturbing and egregious.  I want to thank the prosecutors for their efforts in investigating. We look forward to prosecuting these matters in superior court.,” District Attorney Quinn said.

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