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6/24/2013 6:01:00 AM
Defendant in child abuse case fails to appear
Jaccob Billiter
Jaccob Billiter
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - A judge issued an arrest warrant for Jaccob Billiter on Monday after he failed to show for a change of plea and sentencing appearance in court.

Billiter, 34, was indicted on five counts of aggravated assault and two counts of child abuse involving a 4- and 6-year-old child.

Billiter had been living with his 23-year-old girlfriend in a camper in the 24000 block of North Highway 89 in Paulden, where deputies were called on July 10, 2012.

The 6-year-old was found with a "significant injury to his head and dried blood on his face," YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said. Deputies were told he had been held upside-down while being whipped with a hose as punishment for drinking out of the irrigation system. He had welts on his back from the hose, and the head injury apparently happened as a result of the child being dropped head-first, D'Evelyn said.

The 4-year-old "had a visible injury on his forehead resulting from punishment by Billiter," D'Evelyn said. Paramedics took the boys to a hospital for treatment. A Child Protective Services report sent to Hancock in February said, "Both boys continue to present with significant behavioral and mental health issues."

Billiter posted bond in May.

In March, a proposed plea agreement was rejected by a judge as "too lenient." Billiter's attorney requested a new judge and the case was assigned to Judge Tina Ainley. He was to accept a new plea and possibly receive his sentence Monday when he failed to appear.

Ainley issued a nationwide arrest warrant.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013
Article comment by: Adoptive Parents

We are thrilled that he is back in custody and in the Verde Jail as of 12/26/2013. This time he WILL be tried! His bio-children are already sleeping better at night!

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned resident

He is still on the Run as of 8/12/13 - He was spotted in PAULDEN on 7/18/2013. Please be on the lookout and call Yavapai Silent witness if your have any information - 1-800-932-3232.

There is a facebook page with a wanted poster circulating:

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Chino Valley resident

He was spotted in PAULDEN on 7/18/2013. Please be on the lookout and call Yavapai Silent witness if your have any information - 1-800-932-3232.

There is a facebook page with a wanted poster circulating:

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: clarissa sumpter

I am his baby momma and his Mom is not at fault for this.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Community Member

The mom is not in the picture and her rights were also severed last October. Jaccob "Jake" Emil Billiter jumped bail on June 17, 2013 in Prescott, Arizona for his pre-trial for abusing his 2 little boys (ages 4 and 6 at the time). His last court appearance where he actually showed up was on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. His mother bailed him out on May 1, 2013.

There is a facebook page with a wanted poster circulating:

The 2 boys have since been adopted into a family. They will have to attend therapy for most likely the rest of their lives. And although all of the physical injuries have healed, their psychological wounds will take a long time. My family is close with the family who adopted the boys.

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: CAN'T BLAME THE MOM

We can all point the finger at the mom but we don't know the situation maybe she was being abused also.This is a sad time in Our world and its getting worse so all I ask is God PLEASE let me run into this guy and ill make sure justice is served God Speed to those babies involved

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Smarter than the average cow

Who is responsible for him being out on the street anyway? You would have better luck expecting the cows to show up on your doorstep at 4 in the morning for their daily milking than for him to show up in court. Idiots!

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: to- Mary Vantogo

Are you stereotyping?

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: Jen .

Does anyone know, is the mother being charged for failure to protect?

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: Roger Williams

Oh what a surprise!

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Parent

If you see this individual please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Vantogo

Just a guess, but around the campfires of Paulden, talk of loosing ones liberty to tyrants, is probably the second most discussed topic of conversation.

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