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Wake Forest man gets life in prison for daughter's death

Posted June 5, 2012

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— A Wake Forest man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole after being convicted of killing his 14-month-old daughter in December 2010.

A jury found Jonathan Blake Perry, 25, guilty of first-degree murder and felony child abuse.

Police and paramedics responding to a 911 call on Dec. 8, 2010, found Perry alone with his daughter, Jadajai Wright, who had no pulse. The toddler was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where she was pronounced dead.

Jadajai had swelling on the brain, extensive bleeding in her eyes and a bruised lung, authorities said.

Before he was sentenced, Perry spoke briefly to his girlfriend and her family, asking God "to give the Wright family strength" through difficult times.

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  • sandrac Jun 7, 2012

    It's not that the people on here are defending this man. innocent people do go to jail and prison sometime, maybe this person knows more about the accident than we do. just think if greg taylor had been put to death they would have killed an innocent man. judge and jury do make mistakes too. why does it even matter what people think anyway our god has compassion and he is a forgiving god. only god can be his judge in the end. people on here need to pray for the family that lost the child and the man that has been accused and his family. just saying

  • RNmomX4 Jun 7, 2012

    Piene, so why are you defending this animal, anyway?

  • RNmomX4 Jun 7, 2012

    Nope, no god here, but I am a mom. I am a mom who will be celebrating my firstborn's birthday at his grave Saturday. When I hear about someone murdering something so precious as a child, it makes my blood boil.

  • piene2 Jun 6, 2012

    "Piene, about the rabid baboons, yes as a matter of fact I would. I would enjoy it with popcorn.
    RNmomX4"

    I do not find your comment surprising at all. Perhaps you have some god that thinks as you do? Actually I think your mindset is a lot like that of Jonathan Perry.

  • RNmomX4 Jun 6, 2012

    Piene, about the rabid baboons, yes as a matter of fact I would. I would enjoy it with popcorn.

  • dpw155 Jun 6, 2012

    For the one who said that you don't believe it because his body language says he is innocent, you must be missing a few screws at the top or might even be a family member of his but you wasnt there and neither was I therefore that crazy comment that you made shoudld have been kept to yourself. One thing is for sure, his body language will remain the same for the rest of his life. My prayers really go out to the Mom,may God be with her and her family.

  • Fireflies Rock Jun 5, 2012

    the taxpayers of NC would pay more if he was sentenced to death. Much harder punishment for him to live the rest of his life locked up, without parole.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 5, 2012

    Yes indeed, I can just envision your god sitting in a courtroom saying, "I sayith unto you strap thine sinners unto thy gurney and inject unto them thine poisons until they livith no more.

    I can hear your God saying...oh it was societies fault he comitted this crime. It was the evil Republicans earning money and not sharing it to those that do not feel like working. That made him angry and made him commit this crime. Since it was not truly his fault we should release him and allow him to live among the law abiding citizens.

  • piene2 Jun 5, 2012

    "Why should the taxpayers of NC pay to keep this convicted child killer alive for the rest of this life? Capital punishment is not "sinking to the killer's level"; it punishes them according to the Bible.
    sherrimedlin"

    Yes indeed, I can just envision your god sitting in a courtroom saying, "I sayith unto you strap thine sinners unto thy gurney and inject unto them thine poisons until they livith no more.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 5, 2012

    So you think the state should sink to his level? What next? Perhaps you would like to see him torn to pieces by rabid baboons?

    Without question. You want criminals running wild keep slaping them on the wrist. I would like to go back to courthouse hangings....it actually you know prevents crime. Execution (the way it's done now) is letting him off easier than this child was but it's still serving justice.

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