Fall River Couple Indicted in Intellectually Disabled Teen’s Death
FALL RIVER — Two people have been indicted on multiple charges connected to the death of a 14-year-old intellectually disabled Fall River boy and the abuse of one of his triplet brothers.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, the two defendants – John Almond, 33, and Jaclyn Marie Coleman, 26 – were both indicted on charges of second-degree murder and neglect of a disabled person resulting in serious bodily injury. Almond is the father of the boys, and Coleman is his girlfriend. Coleman was also indicted on a charge of withholding evidence, alleging she attempted to destroy a cell phone in the presence of police.
The couple had previously been held without bail while awaiting trial.
Fall River Police responded to a 911 call on October 21, 2020, of an unresponsive male, arrived to discover the severely autistic 14-year-old boy, David Almond, covered in feces and living in abhorrent conditions. He was rushed to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.
Police also discovered that one of Almond’s triplet brothers, Michael Almond, who is also severely , was the victim of neglect. He was found in emaciated condition and transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for treatment.
An arraignment date for the defendants has yet to be scheduled.
"The facts and circumstances relating to the indictments are extremely disturbing and egregious,” District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said. “I want to thank the prosecutors for their efforts in investigating. We look forward to prosecuting these matters in superior court.”