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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Father of Nashua tot who died faces unrelated drug, assault, robbery charges

NASHUA – Shawn Ganley withdrew his intention to plead guilty to narcotics charges and now will stand trial in September, a prosecutor said Friday.

It might not be the only upcoming trial for Ganley, the father of a young child who was killed under mysterious circumstances in February 2011.

Ganley also faces unrelated domestic assault and robbery charges, First Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance said.

No one has been charged in the mysterious death of Christian Jackson, 3, son of Ganley, 30, of 63 Chestnut St., 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.

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.

Jury selection is scheduled for Sept. 10 for Ganley’s charges of two counts of sale of heroin, LaFrance said.

Ganley faces two separate, unrelated cases, LaFrance said. Trials for those charges would happen sometime later because of a crowded caseload in court, she said.

In one case, Ganley faces four charges related to domestic violence.

Those charges are two counts of second-degree assault, one count of attempted first-degree assault and one count of criminal threatening.

Ganley was indicted for allegedly assaulting Clegg between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14, and between Feb. 7 and 14, according to court documents.

In a separate case, Ganley faces one count of robbery for allegedly punching Jose Ramirez and demanding marijuana, according to court documents.

Ganley’s mother, Carol Ganley, said outside court Friday that her son has been trying unsuccessfully to get into a drug treatment program.

He has been held at the Valley Street jail in Manchester since April, Carol Ganley said.

Also, Ganley has been unable to get mental health treatment for depression, his mother said.

“He’s been asking for a year,” Carol Ganley said, adding she spoke to her son on the phone Thursday night and talks to him weekly.

“They don’t give you rehab. It’s like putting your treatment on hold.”

He hasn’t been able to get into a program in upstate New York because he has no family nearby, and no treatment programs are available locally, LaFrance said.

New Hampshire county jails cut out treatment programs long ago because of budget cuts, she said.

Rehab programs such as the Phoenix House aren’t taking new clients because of budget cuts, LaFrance said.

Carol Ganley said her son’s problems are tied to drugs and the bad influence of people he had been close to.

Shawn Ganley told his mother when he can put this part of his life behind him, he’ll leave Nashua and never return, Carol Ganley said.

Too much here reminds him of Christian, Carol Ganley said.

Shawn Ganley told her he can’t be in Nashua “ ‘knowing somebody who killed my son is still walking the streets. I can’t bear it,’ ” Carol Ganley said.

Christian died Feb. 20, 2011, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, where he was brought the previous night.

On Feb. 24, 2011, 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 he received injuries that caused his death because he spent time with two households.

The Nashua Police Department continues to investigate the death.

Patrick Meighan can be reached at 594-6518 or