ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A judge denied bond for a man accused of killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old son after a witness testified Wednesday that he had violated a no-contact order.
Johnathan Pursglove is facing manslaughter charges in the death of Jayce Martin.
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The child's mother, Victoria Toth, is also facing manslaughter charges in the toddler's death.
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Police said Jayce was beaten to death and denied medical care while he suffered for several days.
Pursglove's mother, Mara Pursglove, testified Wednesday that she has been passing messages between the couple and accompanying Toth to see her son in jail, which violates a no-contact order between the two.
Visitation records show that Toth has visited Johnathan Pursglove 10 times since Christmas Day.
On that basis, the judge immediately denied Johnathan Pursglove bond.
The judge also said Toth, who is out on bond, could also be in violation.
Pamela Lawson, a relative of Johnathan Pursglove's son, said she attended Wednesday's court hearing with the hope that the judge would not grant him bail.
"I was stunned to find out that he's having contact with Victoria Toth," she said. "I knew that this would happen. I just didn't think that it would be a child."
JUST IN: I got a copy of Johnathan Pursglove's jail visitation records. They say Victoria Toth has been to visit him ten times since Christmas Day of 2018 in violation of court orders. #WFTV pic.twitter.com/EuXiIhIp8K— Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) January 30, 2019
Mara Pursglove, Johnathan's mother, has been called as a witness by the state. #WFTV— Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) January 30, 2019
Judge says she's inclined to grant bond, although in a higher amount and with additional conditions not present previously. #WFTV— Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) January 30, 2019
The prosecutor is arguing that Pursglove can't be trusted to obey the law when he's not jailed, given his history. #WFTV— Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) January 30, 2019
Pursglove just looked out into the audience at Toth and mouthed "I love you." #WFTV— Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) January 30, 2019
The judge has just called the case and Pursglove's lawyer is arguing for bond, citing the resolution of the marijuana case. #WFTV— Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) January 30, 2019
Pursglove was in jail for this once, bonded out, was allegedly caught with marijuana and was put back in jail in November of 2018 on no bond. Jayce died in July of 2018. Police say he was beaten to death and denied medical care while he suffered for several days. #WFTV— Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) January 30, 2019
I've just arrived in court, where accused killer Johnathan Pursglove is trying to get a judge to allow him to bond out of jail. Pursglove is charged with manslaughter in the death of 2yo Jayce Martin, the son of his girlfriend Victoria Toth. #WFTV pic.twitter.com/Z2833W28bM— Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) January 30, 2019
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