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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Nashua father of child victim in unsolved homicide to be sentenced on drug, assault charges

NASHUA – The father of a young child who was killed under mysterious circumstances last year is scheduled to be sentenced this week on unrelated drug and assault charges.

Shawn Ganley, 30, of 63 Chestnut St., is expected to plead guilty to the charges in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Friday.

No one has been charged in the mysterious death of 3-year-old Christian Jackson, son of Ganley and LaToya Jackson, also of Nashua.

Ganley was indicted in June on seven unrelated felony drug and assault charges. He was arrested April 12 and accused of choking his ex-girlfriend, Allison Clegg, 29, and trying to run her down with a car. The alleged assaults occurred weeks before the death of Ganley’s son, police said.

Ganley also was accused of punching another man in the face and selling heroin to undercover police, according to court documents released at the time of his indictment.

He also was indicted on domestic violence first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and criminal threatening over the alleged attacks on Clegg between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14 and Feb. 7 to 14, according to court documents.

He was indicted on one count of robbery for allegedly punching Jose Ramirez and demanding marijuana, according to court documents. Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the death of Ganley’s son.

Shortly before midnight Feb. 19, 2011, police and the attorney general’s office reported that someone called 911 reporting a medical problem. An ambulance rushed Christian to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, where he was pronounced dead early the morning of Feb. 20.

On Feb. 24, investigators ruled Christian’s death a homicide, saying he was killed by “significant blunt force trauma.”

Ganley and Jackson never married but shared custody of Christian, an arrangement that friends said seemed to be working out. Jackson, who lived at 46 Myrtle St. at the time, had lost custody of another child, court records stated, because of child abuse.

Christian, who died five weeks after his third birthday, spent most of his short life in his mother’s custody, reports showed. He’d typically spend the week with her and weekends with Ganley.

Investigators have struggled to determine whom the child was with at the time of receiving injuries that caused his death because he spent time with two different households.

Patrick Meighan can be reached at 594-6518 or pmeighan@nashuatelegraph.com.