Grandmother Indicted By Grand Jury

She's accused of an unthinkable crime: jumping off an interstate overpass with her three-year-old granddaughter in her arms.

Monday, a Bath County grand jury decided the case against Teresa Jordan should go to trial.

50-year-old Theresa Jordan of Owingsville jumped nearly 30 feet from the Kentucky 211 overpass onto the shoulder of Interstate 64, holding her step granddaughter, Makayla Carpenter, this March.

Police charged Jordan with assault following a lengthy investigation.

Eyewitnesses tell 27 NEWSFIRST they saw a woman leaning over the edge of the bridge, looking down, right before it happened.

The toddler had injuries that required surgery on her leg, but has since been released from the hospital and is making a recovery.

Jordan has also been released from the hospital and could face jail time if convicted.

A trial date will be set after a special judge is assigned.

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  • by owingsville Location: ky on May 19, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    she needs help
  • by June Location: Mt. Sterling on May 17, 2007 at 12:25 PM
    This is in response to the comment concerning whether the woman may be mentally ill. That's almost like saying that someone driving under the influence didn't realize what they were doing, therefore they shouldn't have to be punished for their crime. That's not how the legal system works, thank goodness. The grandmother will get her day in court and a jury of her peers will decide her fate just as it should be. The punishment should fit the crime.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on May 15, 2007 at 03:45 PM
    I work in a large Mental retardation home and we have people there that are very smart but beat the system. I never thought about where people go that are too mentally incompetent to stand trial well I found out where some of them are when I went to work here. They do have some problems BUT they are very very smart as well. If this lady had those problems WHY didnt anyone notice them? What did she teach the children she was teaching every day? Everyone talks about tax dollars paying for jail !!! Who do you think pays the MR homes? You got it ..we do the tax payor , so what differance does it make where she goes. Dont they offer help in jail? if I drive without tags and insurance i would go to jail, Why not someone that has really done a crime. Trying to kill a child is still a crime in the USA isnt it??????
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    She may have been a "good Christian woman", but in her right frame of mind or not-when do we finally hold someone accountable? The child has ultimately suffered. At some point, the Christian upstanding woman should have remembered her position with Christ and seeked help. If she is punished for nothing else, and she probably will not be by the courts, then don't you think she will be judged for not seeking help to prevent harming this child? If the mother did not want this child, give her to me. I'm trying to adopt as it is. That's another can of worms but KY sucks on adoption. So this person who jumps holding a defenseless, trusting child in her arms-where do you draw the line? She needs help, obviously, but she needs to be accountable and punished as well. Just b/c others have escaped penile judgment, doesn't mean they will when the Lord sees them and like the old saying goes, 2 wrongs don't make a right. Who stands up for this child? Matthew 25:31 I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Someone needs to stand up for this little girl.
  • by anonymous Location: ky on May 15, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    It must be a person's profession that gets them out of trouble. I will agree. If that was me who left my child in a car, or tried to kill them, I would be jailed from day one, whether they were fine or not! The teacher in Mercer County should have been jailed and still should be jailed.
  • by Mellissa Location: Stanton on May 15, 2007 at 11:24 AM
    To disgusted in owingsville- Give you a break about what. You asked what if that was your mother or close kin. Well, what if that was your daughter? Would you let someone go who tried to kill her? I think not. I am a mother of three, and if that was my mom, right mind or not, I would lock her up. When the little girl gets old enough, she would be afraid to report any crime done upon her in fear they would let them go like her grandmother. That is what is wrong in this world. When someone kills someone or something else terribly wrong, they give them a month or two in a mental institution then let them go. All in all, there usually isn't anything wrong with them. My mother is mentally instable, but do you see her trying to kill a child? I think not!!! That woman should be hung off of the bridge she tried to jump off of.
  • by DISGUSTED Location: OWINGSVILLE on May 15, 2007 at 10:03 AM
    Give me a break!!! What would you do if this was your mother or a close family relative? If something happened to cause you to not be in your right frame of mind, would you want to be locked up and forgotten??? Of course not. Wouldn't you rather see this person get the mental help that they need, or would you rather use your tax dollars to reserve a spot in prison for this person? What kind of a message will this send to this little girl? If she can understand that her "grandmother" was not in her right frame of mind, I think it will be much easier for her to heal as she gets older. Otherwise, this child will never be able to trust again!!! As the lady from Owingsville stated, it is easy to judge because none of you know this person. Obviously the mother didn't see this coming. If this child's own mother trusted this lady than who are we to judge??? To compare her to Jeffrey Dalmer (Anonymous - Mt. Sterling, this is the correct spelling)is absurd and an uneducated comment.
  • by Tammy Location: Lexington on May 15, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    There should be no trial for this woman...........just strickly jail time, as if she wanted to jump off the overpass be it.........but not with a child who is innocent and now injured emotionally for life in ways know when will ever know until the surface as a older child or a young adult...........How very sad!!!
  • by concerned Location: Red River Gorge on May 15, 2007 at 04:24 AM
    I totally agree with Mel from Lex... I believe it is coming down to if you have the money you can do any crime you want and you can get by with it. If you don't God help you cause no one else will care. I think this lady needs a fitting punishment for what she did cause true if you want to kill yourself by all means have at it, but leave the innocent babies out of it. I think WKYT needs to do a special edition on why the others have not been charged. Will they allow the school teacher that killed her son go free and continue to teach? Or will she get some hard time out of this? And the doctors in louisville who take an oath to sustain life at any cost, they allowed a young life to perish out of negligence should they not have had their liscenses revoked. Why should they continue to be allowed to be medical personel!
  • by Anonymous Location: Mt Sterling on May 15, 2007 at 02:15 AM
    Does it really matter if she was a kind and thoughtful person, after what she has done? They say Jeffrey Domer was a really nice guy to those around him that is why no one ever suspected him.. No we dont know the circumstances but no matter what they were to hurt a child and go that far is unexcusable.
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