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Fall River couple, arrested after death of boy, deemed dangerous, vigil planned

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A Fall River couple being charged after the death of a 14-year-old boy have been deemed dangerous.

John Michael Almond, 33, and his girlfriend, Jaclyn Marie Coleman, 26 were both arrested last week and will continue to be held without bail, according to WJAR10.

Both defendants were arraigned last week in Fall River District Court on charges of caretaker neglect of a disabled person and possession of a Class A drug.

Coleman was also charged with assault and battery on a police officer and the obstruction of justice portion of the state’s witness intimidation statute. She is accused of attempting to destroy a cell phone in the presence of police officers and then assaulting one of the officer’s who attempted to stop her from destroying the device.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office stated at the arraignment that David Almond was dramatically emaciated and both he and his brother were wearing adult diapers that were soiled.

David Almond was 5’10” and approximately 80 pounds at the time he was discovered by authorities. The other brother that was at the residence is about the same build.

During the arraignment, it was stated that preliminary exams revealed that both brothers had fentanyl in their system. Heroin was reportedly found in the apartment.

David was a triplet and was living with his other two brothers at the Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Rutland. David and his brother Michael were removed from the home and returned to Fall River in March.

Coleman is not the mother of the triplets, but had a child that was living at the residence.

An autopsy was performed on the boy to determine exact cause of death and whether additional charges will be handed down. The results have yet to be released.

A pre-trial hearing is set for December 3rd.

A David Almond Memorial and Vigil will be taking place on Sunday November 8th at 2:00 p.m. at Heritage State Park. Those who wish to participate are asked to bring bubbles, flowers and candles. Some will be provided also. There will be music and if anyone wants to speak on behalf of David they can. Everyone is asked to social distance and wear masks.

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  1. Meredith

    October 29, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    The only thing I can think of is that lockdown rules kicked in when he had the boys visiting. Once they leave, they cannot go back.

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