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Baby Jackson Farrey Death: Autopsy could not find cause of death

By Leonard Martinez
Published On: Jan 15 2014 11:46:15 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2014 01:19:40 PM CST

Courtesy Jenna Farrey's Instagram

Jenna Farrey with son Jackson about five months.

EL PASO, Texas -

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator released its autopsy findings on the death of 5-month-old Jackson Farrey and said it could not determine a cause of death.

The autopsy also states Jackson appeared under-developed and there was no evidence of any injuries or drugs in his body.

Jackson’s body was found Nov. 20 buried in a shallow grave in the desert near Oro Grande, New Mexico.

The report makes it clear the baby did not suffer any bone fractures or muscle injuries and no trauma to the head or body.

“At autopsy, Jackson was clad in a soiled diaper and wrapped in a fleece blanket,” according to the autopsy. “He was severely decomposed with mummification and partial skeletonization of the skull. No structural anomalies of the organs were identified. Extensive dissection of the soft tissues and skeleton did not reveal any evidence of injuries. Measurements of the skeleton indicated that Jackson may have been slightly under-developed for his reported age. Histologic analysis of the organs and tissues was precluded by advanced decompositional changes.

Jeffrey Farrey's attorney, Joe Spencer on Wednesday said Jenna Farrey "has a lot to answer to."

"I think there's a lot of anger with Jenna. A lot of frustration with Jenna. I think he's (Jeffrey) hoping that she will come clean as soon as possible," said Spencer. He added it'd be easier for the state to prove Jenna is responsible for Jackson's death.

One of Jenna's attorneys, Joshua Herrera on Wednesday said the autopsy does not prove Jenna harmed Jackson in any way. Herrera said he'd be "shocked" if she's charged with anything different than what Jeffrey is charged with. Jeffrey Farrey is charged with Injury to a Child by Omission, meaning he failed to protect baby Jackson or get him medical attention.

The autopsy also stated that toxicology tests revealed a "minimally elevated level of ethanol (alcohol), that is most consistent with post-mortem production of ethanol from the breakdown of the tissues.”

Three El Paso Police Department employees - Detective Micheal Lara, Martin Martinez, and Julio Ordaz - were present when the autopsy was performed.

Jenna Farrey, Army Spc. Jeffrey Farrey, and their children, 20-month-old Blake and Jackson were reported missing Nov. 15 in El Paso. All but Jackson were found in an Escanaba, Michigan motel on Nov. 17.

A body was found on Nov. 20 in  the desert near Orogrande, New Mexico that authorities believed was Jackson's body.

Legal documents state that Jeffrey told his father the child died after choking on something and that he and the boy’s mother buried the child in the desert.

According to legal documents, police interviews with the family revealed that Jackson was not with the family in Michigan. Both parents claimed that the infant was staying with grandparents. Investigators made contact with all grandparents and learned that the infant was not with them.

Jackson’s parents are both still in custody in the El Paso County Jail.  Jenna remains jailed on a charge of violating probation stemming from a case in which she abandoned her Blake. Herrera said she is on suicide watch.

Jeffrey Farrey is scheduled for jury trial on October 3rd.

Timeline of Events

Jeffrey rents a U-Haul on Nov. 1, 2013.

Jeffrey appears to be traveling alone when he passed through the Alamogordo Border Patrol checkpoint at 4:36 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2013.

On Nov. 16, Jeffrey Farrey Sr. told investigators about his son’s admission that Jackson died by choking on something.

The Farrey family story began to unfold in mid-November when Jeffrey did not report to duty at Fort Bliss and had not done so since Nov. 13.

Army officials called police and searched the family home.

Police found a journal inside, believed to be written by Jenna, opened to a page that said, “DKH will be bringing our bodies to a place where we can be at rest.”

That’s what led investigators to believe the family was in imminent danger and alert the media late on Nov. 15.

A warrant stated investigators believed Jenna was corresponding with Facebook friend Susan Farbaky, who sent an instant message Nov. 16, 2013. They believed her Facebook account had info about their whereabouts.

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