• Mom of fatally beaten toddler says boy's ghost proclaimed her boyfriend's innocence

    By: Jason Kelly and Field Sutton, WFTV.com

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - The mother of an Orlando, Florida, toddler who was fatally beaten said she knows her boyfriend is innocent.

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    Victoria Toth said the ghost of her son, Jayce Martin, visited her to tell her of Johnathan Pursglove's innocence, WFTV reported, citing recordings of jailhouse phone calls. 

    Toth and Pursglove plan to marry, even though they each face a manslaughter charge in connection with the 2-year-old's July 2018 death.

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    "We can share anything with each other," Pursglove told Toth of his wedding vows in one recording. "That's just a little hint at what my vows have."

    An arrest report said Jayce was malnourished and bruised when police found his body in a home on Bethune Drive in July. A medical examiner said the boy had been sucker-punched and died from an inflammation of the lining of the abdomen.

    Detectives believe Toth didn't take her son to a hospital because she knew it would result in the arrest of her boyfriend.

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    Pursglove has remained jailed in lieu of bail, and Toth was released from jail after paying bail and had been living with Pursglove's family.

    In the recordings, Toth said she knows that Pursglove will be free some day, citing a psychic who claims to be in contact with Jayce's spirit.

    "Jayce even told me that it's not true," Toth said. "Jayce is telling me that he's [angry] at my parents, and I can't do anything to help – to make them open their eyes."

    Toth and Pursglove are charged as co-defendants. Their trial is scheduled for July.

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