Why this petition matters
It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved one, but watching them lower a small child into the ground can crush you. June 2nd I was told that my nephew had past away. Not knowing how or why at the time left an uneasy feeling. Later that horrible day my dad and step mother was taking in his brother and sister. We were confused and asking questions but we had to wait till the test came back to understand what had happened to Jason. The smaller children was not harmed but they was not being taken care of. Jason was forced to take the medication by his mother and stepfather. When we were in the courtroom Crystal and Josh would laugh and have a great time, everyone else in that courtroom was crying. Josh Nash took a plea and only charged with selling medication, he was out of prison fast. Since then Josh has also beat a dog with a metal rod and this was another slap on the wrist, he has had several DUI.Crystal was sent to prison on December 16,2009 and she was released on March 16, 2022. Since they both have been out roaming free they still can not stay out of trouble. Crystal is trying everything in her power to have more children.
I feel as if the system would have taken this seriously the first two times that DCHS was called Jason could still be here today with his siblings. When there are multiple calls into family services why are they leaving the children there? Why is the system allowing the bare minimal of needs from parent to be okay? Sex offenders have to be placed on a list for the world to know what they have done they are not allowed to be around schools. Why are we not holding people who kill children as the same as a sex offender?
I have always been told it takes a village to raise children and I agree with that statement. This world is a crazy place these days and it's a shame that we have to worry about horrible things that could happen to children. There are times that some children get into a mess at home and the system needs to take action. We have asked how many times family services were called and we were never told. My heart breaks for the children who actually need to be saved due to someone harming them but sometimes family services leave the children and do nothing to actually make sure they are safe and sound.
Since Crystal has been out a lot of memories have come running back in my head. The phone call and all the court dates and so on. I still have so much hate and anger for the monsters who did this to a five year old little boy. My goal from here on out is trying to get names of people who agree that family services need to take action and do everything they can to make sure the children don't get harmed or end up dead like Jason.
Personally I would like to see the following happen when a child is killed,
Psych Evaluation when they are arrested
Force them to take classes in prison
They should never be able to have more children
Sentence them to life with no chance of parole
If they was to get out they should do another Psych Evaluation
They should be on a list like sex offenders
Not allowed at schools
I understand that I am only one person that is trying to get something to change and I am not expecting to actually get something done. There is just so much hate and anger still that I need to try to make sure Jason's voice is being heard and if doing this can help protect another child than I have done just that. Jason was five years old but he acted like he was so much older. He was always happy and loving. He was a grateful child with everything that he had in life. June 30 2003 was when Jason was born, and with his birthday coming up I hate the fact that I can't call him or give him a hug, I am forced to drive to his grave and wish him Happy Birthday. I pray that the system will consider changing things and making new laws to help the children. We all need to do better for the children.
Edwards County Resident Judge David Frankland found probable cause
this morning to bind Joshua and Crystal Nash over to trial on charges
related to the alleged drug overdose death of Crystal's 5-year-old son,
Jason Hoy. Both have been in custody since their arrest on October 23.
The pre-school boy was found dead in his bed in the early morning
hours of June 2 at the couple's home in Grayville. Results of an
autopsy concluded the boy died of an overdose of the over-the-counter
allergy medicine Benadryl and a prescription cough syrup that contained
codeine. Investigators discovered Jason had more than 8 times the
therapeutic level of Benadryl in his bloodstream at the time of his
death. Autopsy records revealed the boy had been dead for at least two
hours before his body was found in the early morning of June 2.
Ambulance personnel however transported the boy to Wabash General
Hospital in Mount Carmel where he was officially pronounced dead.
During today's preliminary hearing, Edwards County State's Attorney
Michael Valentine presented only one witness for the state - Detective
Gwyn Basinger with the Illinois State Police. Detective Basinger
testified that she had interviewed both Crystal and Joshua Nash on more
then one occasion about the boy's death. During one of those
interviews, Basinger testified that both Crystal and Joshua admitted
they had taken the victim's prescription drug - Adderall and either
sold it or gave it to friends. Jason had been prescribed the medication
for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. With the Aderall gone and
to keep Jason calm, the Nash's told Det. Basinger, they allegedly gave
him non-prescription Benadryl and cough syrup with codeine they had
around the house. The codeine cough syrup allegedly came from a house
guest - 21-year-old Andrew J. "A.J." Heid. Heid is currently serving
six months in the White County jail for an unrelated domestic battery
conviction for shoving his father, Chris Heid - the former State's
Attorney of White County. At this time, Heid faces no charges in
connection with the Hoy death.
As the investigation continued, police say they found the suspected
cough syrup bottle, alleging that A.J. Heid had placed it in a sock and
tried to destroy it in a burn barrel.
The night before Jason Hoy died, A.J. Heid told investigators that
The victim had "blue lips" and appeared to be in a "catatonic state".
Heid told investigators the night before that, the boy had been
vomiting, had stomach pains and a severe headache. Heid also said the
The boy suffered what was described as a seizure.
The night that Jason died, his mother, Crystal Nash and stepfather,
Joshua Nash left the house in the late evening hours to travel to
Wabash General Hospital in Mount Carmel. Crystal Nash was seeking
treatment in the emergency room for an injured leg. Jason Hoy and his
siblings, Violet and Isaah were left behind in the care of A.J. Heid.
Before departing for the hospital, Crystal Nash allegedly gave Jason
two "tablespoons" also described as two "soup spoons full" of cough
syrup containing codeine to "help him relax and sleep".
A.J. Heid told authorities he opened the door of Jason's bedroom
several times while the Nash's were gone, but only to see that he was
still in bed - he said he never shook him to see if he was OK. Heid
also told investigators he tried to convince the Nash's to take Jason
to the hospital - because he was very ill. Instead, the suspects went
without the boy, seeking medical attention for Crystal's injured knee.
This morning, Edwards County State's Attorney Michael Valentine
filed a new charge against the Nashes - Involuntary Manslaughter. The
new charge alleges that the Nash's "acting in a reckless manner,
performed an act likely to cause death or great bodily harm to some
individual, in that they failed to seek necessary immediate medical
treatment for Jason Hoy."
The Nash's face formal charges of drug induced homicide, involuntary
manslaughter, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, and delivery
of a controlled substance to a person under the age of 18. Both remain
in the White County jail at Carmi under $300,000 bond pending a
November 20 pretrial hearing. No trial date has been set at this time.
Crystal Nash is being represented by Albion Attorney Jerry Crisel.
Joshua Nash is being represented by Carmi Attorney, Denton Aud.