• Judge denies bond for man accused of killing girlfriend's 2-year-old son

    By: Sarah Wilson , Field Sutton


    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.

    The child's mother, Victoria Toth, is also facing manslaughter charges in the toddler's death.

    READ: 'Don't let him out': Father of slain 2-year-old begs judge not to grant accused killer bond


    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."

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