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Father of boy whose murder remains unsolved is arrested again on drug charges

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

September 23. 2018 10:05PM

SHAWN GANLEY 



NASHUA — The father of Christian Jackson, a 3-year-old boy whose homicide is still unsolved after more than seven years, is now facing felony drug charges.

Shawn Ganley, 38, of 57 Worcester St., has been charged with two counts of possessing the controlled drugs amphetamine, dextroamphetamine and methamphetamine, according to court records.

A Hillsborough County Superior Court has indicted Ganley on the special felony charges, which stemmed from an Aug. 1 incident in the Gate City.

Ganley is well known to city police, and recently spent a year in jail for assaulting his brother in 2016; he pleaded guilty to using a police-style baton to beat his sibling, Lawrence Nelson.

Ganley is the father of the slain little boy who was killed Feb. 19, 2011, at Ganley’s former home at 63 Chestnut St. No arrests have been made in connection with the homicide of Christian Jackson, who would have celebrated his10th birthday earlier this year.

Since his son’s death, Ganley has been convicted of selling narcotic drugs, in addition to the assault on his brother. Now he is facing 7 ½ to 15 years in prison for the most recent drug charges, as well as a $50,000 fine if convicted, according to court records on file at Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua.

Seven years ago, the cause of death for Ganley’s son, Christian, was determined as blunt force trauma, and prosecutors classified it as a homicide. Details of the boy’s injuries have still not been released.

According to court documents, Ganley filed for emergency custody of Christian in November of 2010 after the child came to his house with a black eye and bruises; throughout 2010, Christian also suffered a broken arm and dislocated shoulder.

Christian was the son of Ganley and Latoya Jackson, both of Nashua. The parents shared joint custody of the child, and both parents have serious criminal backgrounds.

Latoya Jackson was convicted in 2005 on a hindering apprehension charge for trying to hide injuries on her 3-month-old daughter. Ganley spent seven years behind bars for stabbing a relative in the chest and several other violent crimes.

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