Waterloo, IA - Jamie Lockhart, 31, decided to ring in the New Year with a little murder and mayhem- specifically, infanticide. Fortunately for eight-day-old baby James Lockhart, his daddy sucks with a knife. Otherwise baby James would probably be dead.
At 3:15 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Jennifer Lockhart called 911 to report that her baby boy had been stabbed. First responders quickly determined that hey, there was in fact a bleeding baby, and tiny James was taken to the hospital, where he was stabilized and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. Baby James remains in the University hospital, but is in stable condition and is expected to recover.
Given that Jamie Lockhart had his son’s blood on his hands – literally – he was pegged as his son’s attacker without too much brainpower expenditure on law enforcement’s part. The physical evidence combined with witness statements means that his defense will probably rely on the Chewbacca defense, or they’ll suggest that Lockhart had some sort of accident or psychotic break. My money’s on meth. Methamphetamine plus screaming newborn infant often equals distaster, especially combined with a New Year’s hangover.
Jennifer and Jamie Lockhart have at least four children between them, including James. The other three children in the home were removed by Iowa DHS and are in state custody pending an investigation. Note to Jennifer Lockhart: run. Run to a judge as fast as you can and get that man’s parental rights to any and all children you share removed. Then run far, far away, because this guy has anger issues. (Gee, yathink?)
Jamie Lockhart was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He’s being held in the Black Hawk County Jail on $200,000 bond.