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Father of slain Nashua boy indicted on unrelated charges

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

July 26. 2016 8:40PM

Shawn Ganley of Nashua has been indicted on assault charges against his brother; the Nashua man's son was killed in 2011, and the case is still unsolved. (COURTESY)

NASHUA — The father of Christian Jackson, a 3-year-old boy whose homicide remains unsolved after more than five years, has been indicted on unrelated charges of assault against a relative.

A Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury has handed up three indictments against Shawn Ganley, the father of the slain boy who was killed Feb. 19, 2011, in his home at 63 Chestnut St.

Ganley, a convicted felon, is facing new charges unrelated to the unsolved homicide. He is accused of using a police-style baton to beat his brother, Lawrence Nelson, earlier this year at a Nashua residence.

According to newly filed court documents, Ganley, 35, of 3 Acton St., “recklessly caused bodily injury to Lawrence Nelson by striking him in the head with a metal expandable baton,” causing a laceration.

The incident occurred on April 25, at which time Nelson was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries following the alleged attack. Ganley is facing felony charges of second-degree assault, domestic violence second-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon.

If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison for each of the two assault charges, in addition to a $4,000 fine.

Five 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, and no arrests have been made in the case.

At the time, Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said the boy’s injuries were “extremely severe,” adding there was a significant amount of blunt force. Agati was not immediately available on Tuesday to comment on the status of the unsolved murder.

Christian, who would have celebrated his eighth birthday on Jan. 12, was the son of Ganley and Latoya Jackson, both of Nashua. The parents shared joint custody of the child.

Christian was visiting Ganley on Feb. 19, 2011, when police and emergency personnel received a 911 call reporting that the toddler was not breathing. The boy was pronounced dead the following morning at Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center.

Latoya Jackson said previously she does not know who inflicted the injuries on her son, but said she holds Ganley responsible for not taking care of Christian that day.

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.

“Since I have separated from my son’s mother, I have been taking him every weekend,” Ganley wrote in court documents on file at Hillsborough County Family Division in Merrimack. “He has come with bite marks on his face, choke marks on his neck and this past weekend he has come with a black eye and the whole side of his head and face bruised.”

Ganley went on to say that throughout 2010, Christian had suffered a broken arm and dislocated shoulder.

“I’m afraid she’ll take him back and something bad will happen to him,” he wrote in the petition seeking emergency custody on Nov. 29, 2010.

The following day, a judge ruled that Jackson’s parenting was temporarily suspended, and a hearing on the matter was scheduled for later in December. Then, the court ordered that Ganley would have temporary sole decision-making and residency responsibility for his son, say court records.

A temporary decree on the parenting petition was filed, and a scheduling conference was tentatively planned for March 11, 2011, on the matter, but Jackson died just three weeks prior to the hearing.

Both parents have serious criminal backgrounds.

Latoya Jackson was convicted in 2005 on a hindering apprehension charge for trying to hide injuries to her 3-month-old daughter. Ganley is a convicted felon who spent seven years behind bars for stabbing a relative in the chest and several other violent crimes. In 2012, he was sentenced to an additional three to six years in prison for allegedly selling heroin to an undercover police officer in Nashua, choking a former girlfriend and punching a man in the head while attempting to steal marijuana from him just days after his son’s death.

khoughton@newstote.com


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