Monessen couple charged with violently abusing, burning 21-month-old toddler

By Terri Hill | September 12, 2018

A Monessen couple face multiple charges of child abuse for abusing a 21-month-old toddler over a period of several months police allege in a court document.

A doctor from UPMC Children’s Hospital notified police and CYS in July of the suspected abuse after they found significant bruises on the toddler’s buttocks and burns on the left hand.

Monessen Police wrote in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday that Amanda Billion, 33, told them her boyfriend, David Allen Jackson, Jr., 28, violently struck the child on several occasions and also stuck the child’s hands into boiling spaghetti sauce which resulted in serious burns.


Billion admitted to police that she didn’t report the abuse or try and stop it.

Police have charged Billion by certified summons with one felony count of endangering the welfare of children. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 19, according to online court records.

Jackson faces aggravated assault on a child under six years old and simple assault charges.  He is currently in the Westmoreland County Prison awaiting his preliminary arraignment.

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