Father of boy, 14, charged with murdering 13-year-old Florida cheerleader was jailed for child abuse


The father of teenage murder suspect Aiden Fucci, who allegedly stabbed his cheerleader classmate Tristyn Bailey to death, was previously jailed for child abuse.

Jason Fucci, 36, spent time in jail after he was charged with lewd or lascivious battery and child abuse in 2003.

Aged 18, he was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl and jailed for 14 months.

This week, he attended his 14-year-old son’s Zoom hearing with Jason’s mother Crystal Smith.

Aiden has been charged with murdering 13-year-old Tristyn after her body was found in the woods in St Johns, Florida, on Sunday night, 12 hours after she was reported missing.

Tristyn Bailey (pictured) whose body was found on Sunday

Aiden Fucci, 14, has been named by police as the suspect in the killing of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey (pictured) whose body was found on Sunday

Jason Fucci (pictured during his son's Zoom hearing), 36, spent time in jail after he was charged with lewd or lascivious battery and child abuse in 2003

Fucci, pictured during his arrest in 2003, was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl

Jason Fucci (pictured left during his son’s Zoom hearing and right during his arrest), 36, spent time in jail after he was charged with lewd or lascivious battery and child abuse in 2003

Police say Aiden stabbed Tristyn a ‘horrific’ number of times and blood was found on her clothes in what police said was a ‘cold-blooded murder’.

They have yet to share an autopsy report saying exactly how the Patriot Oaks Academy student died but police say her body was found fully clothed – she was wearing a dark top and white cheer skirt.  

Now, filings obtained from Duval County Court show Aiden’s father Jason was jailed after he ‘did knowingly or willfully abuse a child by intentionally committing an act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a person under the age of 18 years’, The Sun reported.

He was sentenced at the time to two years’ probation but was later jailed for 14 months after he violated the conditions.

Suspect Aiden Fucci, appearing via Zoom before a judge on Tuesday, is in custody. Prosecutors have not decided yet whether to charge the 14-year-old as a teenager or adult

Suspect Aiden Fucci, appearing via Zoom before a judge on Tuesday, is in custody. Prosecutors have not decided yet whether to charge the 14-year-old as a teenager or adult 

On Tuesday, St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick told local network News4Jax that Tristyn was killed violently, stabbed multiple times. 'This is a cold-blooded murder of a 13-year-old young girl who did not deserve to die,' he said

On Tuesday, St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick told local network News4Jax that Tristyn was killed violently, stabbed multiple times. ‘This is a cold-blooded murder of a 13-year-old young girl who did not deserve to die,’ he said

Fucci sent a Snapchat from the back of a squad car after being hauled in for questioning before Tristyn's body was found

Fucci sent a Snapchat from the back of a squad car after being hauled in for questioning before Tristyn’s body was found

Other offenses on his rap sheet include charges for theft, driving with a suspended license, and battery after he allegedly got into a gas station fight while his son was present. It is not known if this was Aiden.

Jason was given a six-month probation and was ordered to attend anger management classes. 

During the hearing on Zoom this week, Jason and Crystal spoke briefly to confirm they had hired a lawyer.

The teenager appeared in a black jail sweatshirt. He looked relaxed throughout the hearing and put both of his hands behind his head at one point.

Aiden's parents Crystal Smith and Jason Fucci, both dialed into the Zoom hearing on Tuesday. Tristyn's parents did not appear

Aiden's parents Crystal Smith and Jason Fucci, both dialed into the Zoom hearing on Tuesday. Tristyn's parents did not appear

Aiden’s parents Crystal Smith and Jason Fucci, both dialed into the Zoom hearing on Tuesday. Tristyn’s parents did not appear 

Dozens joined in the search for Tristyn before her body was found fully clothed. It had been stabbed a 'horrific' number of times

Dozens joined in the search for Tristyn before her body was found fully clothed. It had been stabbed a ‘horrific’ number of times 

Prosecutors are deciding whether to charge Aiden as an adult.

On Sunday night, he took a selfie in the back of a cop car which he then posted on Snapchat with the caption ‘Hey guys has inybody (sic) seen Tristyn lately’. It was before her body was found in woods.  

Now, police say they will use that ‘egregious’ selfie as evidence against him and that it proves he was ‘proud of what he did’. 

‘I know it looks egregious with him making those statements in that car, but that is now evidence that we gather and use against him. So that just makes our case a better case to present to the State Attorney’s office and to present to a jury down the road saying this was his mindset. 

Tristyn was reported missing on Sunday at 10am. She was last seen at 1.15am. By 6pm on Sunday night, her body had been found

Tristyn was reported missing on Sunday at 10am. She was last seen at 1.15am. By 6pm on Sunday night, her body had been found

Tristyn was reported missing on Sunday at 10am. She was last seen at 1.15am. By 6pm on Sunday night, her body had been found 

‘This is what he’s doing, was he’s proud of what he did. So, you know, this is going to help our case and make it stronger to, you know, his intentions,’ St. Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick said in an interview on Tuesday with local outlet WOKV before Fucci’s first court appearance. 

None of Tristyn’s relatives spoke during the hearing. 

Her cousin told The Sun that she hopes Aiden confesses to killing her. 

‘I have cried my eyes out… I’m happy they made an arrest and hope they try him as an adult.

‘Tristyn was a sweetheart, she loved cheerleading, I’m an emotional wreck, my husband and I didn’t sleep well last night,’ Connie Stull said. 

Tristyn's family reported her missing on Sunday at 10am. She was last seen at midnight by them, and cops say she was last accounted for at around 1.15am. By 6pm on Sunday, her body had been found

Tristyn’s family reported her missing on Sunday at 10am. She was last seen at midnight by them, and cops say she was last accounted for at around 1.15am. By 6pm on Sunday, her body had been found 

She was last seen at the Durbin Amenity Center in St John's at 1.15am. It's unclear what she was doing there or if Aiden was with her

She was last seen at the Durbin Amenity Center in St John’s at 1.15am. It’s unclear what she was doing there or if Aiden was with her

Police have not shared any more information about the kids, including what they were doing on Saturday night before Tristyn vanished. 

After she was reported missing, dozens of local volunteers joined in the search for her. 

A volunteer later found her body after he saw that she was missing on the news and went out to look for her, police said. 

She was last seen at the Durbin Amenity Center in St John’s at 1.15am. It’s unclear what she was doing there or if Aiden was with her. 

The center has an outdoor pool and tennis courts. It is next to a lake and there are woods nearby. 

On Tuesday, St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick told local network News4Jax that Tristyn was killed violently, stabbed multiple times.  

Tristyn Bailey (pictured) whose body was found on  Monday

Tristyn Bailey was stabbed a ‘horrific’ number of times, police have revealed. Aiden Fucci, 14, has been charged with her killing  

‘This is a cold-blooded murder of a 13-year-old young girl who did not deserve to die. 

‘I don’t want to mention the number of times, but it is horrific. It is horrible. And the word accident is nowhere involved in this case,’ he said. 

He has still not determined the motive for the killing. 

‘We’re going to look at every aspect, every crime that’s out there. Our guys and girls are going to leave no stone unturned,’ he said. 

Before Fucci made his first appearance on Tuesday, Sheriff Hardwick said he was ‘proud’ of killing her. 

In a statement on Monday afternoon, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office said: ‘As Sheriff Hardwick stated in his press conference today, our office will continue to investigate the case to determine both the appropriate charges going forward, and whether or not (Fucci) will be charged as an adult.’  



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