28-year-old Tashina Jordan was arraigned in court this morning to face charges of aggravated murder for allegedly killing her disabled son, 7-year-old Mason Jordan.
Authorities said that just before 6 p.m. on August 20th, Jordan allegedly fatally shot Mason before attempting to take her own life by overdosing on pills. She was found and transported to St. Charles Hospital in bend with life-threatening injuries but survived. Just eight days later, she was arrested and transferred from the hospital to the Deschutes County Jail.
If sentenced, Jordan could be facing life in prison or worse. However, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said he has not yet decided if he will pursue the death penalty in this case.
Meanwhile, the Central Oregon community is divided over the decision. Some are calling for her to face consequences of her actions; others think that she needs more help than punishment.
Jordan’s motive has not yet been revealed but will be discussed during future court dates. Jordan’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 24th.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health crisis or is considering hurting themselves or others, please contact a crisis hotline in your area.
Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties all have community mental health resources or anyone can call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.