Grandma Sentenced For Jump From Overpass

A Bath County woman who admitted jumping off a bridge, with her granddaughter in her arms, learned her fate on Monday afternoon.

In March of 2007, Theresa Jordan jumped from a bridge over I-64 while holding three-year-old Makayla Carpenter. Both were hurt but recovered.

Theresa Jordan pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment earlier this year. In exchange for the guilty plea, Jordan had her attempted murder charge dropped to wanton endangerment.

In court on Monday, Jordan was sentenced to five years probation: three years supervised and two years unsupervised.

Jordan says another high profile case put her over the edge. She says the Michaela Watkins case out of Winchester was in the news at around the same time and she got confused.

Police say 10-year-old Watkins was tortured and killed by her father and step-mother.

Jordan claims she associated the details of that case with her own granddaughter and was only trying to protect the girl.

Jordan will continue to undergo mental treatment while on probation. She's ordered to have no unsupervised contact with her young granddaughter.


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  • by LaToya Location: LEXINGTON on Aug 13, 2008 at 10:29 AM
    Shoo, if this was a blackwoman we would be strung up foolz! hang this from that bridge!
  • by Rob Location: Lexington on Aug 13, 2008 at 09:51 AM
    WHAT A CROCK OF @#$%!!!!! She should have been in prison for life!!!
  • by Mom Location: KY on Aug 13, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    I was just thinking about this again after reading over the posts. Now if she is a mental case, I, too am wondering why she wasn't committed someplace. They have no way of knowing that she won't do something crazy again. And the scarey part is that she may kill somebody next time. I'd like to know how she worked in the school system and nobody had a clue she was mental. I think everybody who works with kids should have to be evaluated from time to time, but that costs money and it will never happen. This is the first time I have ever heard this kind of defense, and that is why I said that people will use this in the future. Just watch and see, the next time somebody kills another person, they will use the same excuse she did, and they will go free, because that is what she did.
  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 13, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    i'm thinking that there is a lot more to this story than reported, as far as parental negligence or abuse. i'm not even going to try to understand her protection methods, but as a grandmother, you can get pretty crazy when anyone - including your own son/daughter - abuses or allows your grandchild to be abused. it seems she was perfectly sane right up to the point of this crime...what happened to push her over the edge? either she just lost it in a matter of days or something made her feel absolutely compelled to do this, maybe in the same way an animal mother will kill her offspring in order to keep them from being killed by predators? we'll probably never know.
  • by Justice? Location: Maysville on Aug 13, 2008 at 05:39 AM
    People in communities need to start paying attention to who they elect as judges and prosecutors. If we had some that enforced the laws and penalties then things like this wouldn't happen. They should've made an example out of this lady. What a peice of trash!!!!!!!
  • by Mom of 3 Location: Johnson County on Aug 13, 2008 at 05:07 AM
    You know this is crazy.and people wonder why non-residents of KY call us stupid.it's total bull that she was trying to protect this child.she must be schizophrenic,which does not make it better.and she sure shouldn't be aloud to do anything pertaining to the school system ever again.look at her face in the picture above.i see no remorse.looks almost as if she is grinning.this was down right inhumane of this judge to make this kind of ruling.i don't care if she is on meds for being MENTAL,is someone going to stand over her for the rest of her life to make sure she takes that pill? honestly,come on.she should NEVER be aloud to see this poor girl PERIOD.EVER.the judge himself must have some type of mental illness to not consider that this poor child WILL HAVE problems with this later on.i don't care if they did do an evaluation on her,it usually comes back at some point in time in life.I just can't get over this.the more i think about it the madder i get.STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID JUDGE.
  • by k Location: pike on Aug 12, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    Yes they let her off easy. The next time maybe she will find a higher bridge.
  • by Elizabeth on Aug 12, 2008 at 04:15 PM
    While I don't agree with the judgement in this case, mental illness is very real in this country. She should have been committed somewhere for a very long time to get help. I dont agree with the attitude of some that thing she should have died when jumping. That is completely inhumane and not the way we should look at this at all. God will deal with her even when our courts don't.
  • by Anonymous Location: ky on Aug 12, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    She deserves more than probabtion... A life is at stake but that is the judicial system...
  • by Mom Location: KY on Aug 12, 2008 at 08:23 AM
    What a defesne. Does this mean that the next time some nut case decides to kill somebody, they can just find some story in the news, and say they did it because of that story?
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