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UPDATE: Death Penalty for Man Accused of Killing Infant Daughter, Putting Her in Plastic Container in Storage Unit

The bodies of two of Jason Michael Hahn's children were found in separate storage units more than a thousand miles apart in 2002. Hahn is facing the death penalty for killing his 2-month-old daughter Montana in Riverside County's Desert Hot Springs.

Jason Michael Hahn is already serving up to 30 years in prison for killing his son.
Jason Michael Hahn is already serving up to 30 years in prison for killing his son.

Update:  10:30 a.m.: 

A man described by a prosecutor as a "serial baby killer" who inflicted fatal injuries on his 10-week-old daughter in Desert Hot Springs less than two years after another of his infant children met a similar fate was sentenced to death Friday.

Jurors convicted 39-year-old Jason Michael Hann in December and recommended he be executed for killing his daughter, Montana, in February 2001. Riverside Superior Court Judge James S. Hawkins upheld their recommendation.


Original story as follows:

A man described by a prosecutor as a "serial baby killer" who inflicted fatal injuries on his 10-week-old daughter in Desert Hot Springs less than two years after another of his infant children met a similar fate may to be sentenced to death Friday.

Jurors who convicted 39-year-old Jason Michael Hann in December also recommended he be executed for killing his daughter, Montana, in February 2001.

Riverside Superior Court Judge James S. Hawkins will decide Friday whether to uphold their recommendation or sentence Hann to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Hann was convicted of first-degree murder and assault on a child causing great bodily injury, along with a special circumstance allegation of having a previous murder conviction.

Krissy Lynn Werntz, the baby's 34-year-old mother and Hann's then- girlfriend, is also charged with murder and has a March 17 trial date.

Prosecutors said Hann struck Montana in the head, inflicting fatal skull fractures. He wrapped her head in duct tape and her body in trash bags and placed her in a Tupperware container, which was then put in another trash bag and kept inside a trailer for a year at an Arkansas storage unit.

When Hann and Werntz stopped making payments, the trailer was auctioned off to an Arkansas man, who discovered the bag in February 2002, Deputy District Attorney Lisa DiMaria said. Hann and Werntz were taken into custody in April 2002 at a motel in Portland, Maine.

The day after they were arrested, police found the remains of another of their children, a boy less than 2 months old, in a plastic container inside a storage unit in Arizona. That baby, named Jason, had been killed in July 1999 in Vermont.

In February 2006 in Vermont, Hann entered a no-contest plea to second- degree murder in the baby's death and was sentenced to 27 to 30 years in prison. Werntz wasn't charged in that case.

Authorities investigating the couple determined that their third child, a month-old boy named Michael, had skull, femur and rib fractures and was on the "brink of death" when he was found, DiMaria told jurors. That boy was later adopted and renamed.

While being questioned, Hann told police that Montana had died in Desert Hot Springs. The baby was born in Arizona on Dec. 1, 2000, and the family moved from Vermont to California about a month later and was staying in a motor home in Desert Hot Springs at the time she died.

Hann was in prison for the death of his son, Jason, when officials in Vermont agreed to extradite him to California to stand trial for Montana's death. He and Werntz were indicted by a grand jury in September 2009.

Hann's attorney, Brenda Miller, said during the trial that her client suffered from bipolar disorder, and his emotions "came to a peak with (the baby's) continual crying, resulting in the death of infant Montana."

She said he told a detective that he struck the baby on the side of the head, saying, "I just flipped out, something just comes over me."


– City News Service.

chuck2251 February 23, 2014 at 01:47 PM
I SURE HOPE THERE WILL BE NO ARGUMENT OVER WHO IS GOING TO STERILIZE THE NEEDLE..
southernbelle February 23, 2014 at 02:01 PM
here's the site I started out at, by clicking around I kept going. Can't find the exact place I ended up but you can still get lots of stats here. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/executions-united-states
tony giron February 23, 2014 at 02:17 PM
I hope this animal rots in hell and for us taxes payers we should not waste are taxe on this dog. And for those two llittle angels that god has right now I know they are happy. They are the most beautiful angels in heaven.
Katie 0311 February 23, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Atc and Southern belle yes I am not in agreement 100% with Teri but, all too many times on the Temecula Patch when it happens to be some crime committed by an African American or Hispanic male in particular plenty of folks on here will comment and say oh well he is black or look all the druggies that got caught are all Hispanic ect. However, when it is a white male committing such a sick crime not once do you ever hear anyone talk about race. Wake up people racism is still very prevalent and clear especially here in Temecula. I deal with it all the time having mixed children. It's sad but, true. Like you guys said crime is committed by all races. FYI I think Teri B might B that TemeculaLush or whatever that person's name was.
tony giron February 23, 2014 at 02:54 PM
I don't care what anyone say im not talking about race here but he hurt two little angel two baby's I think he should rot in hell I don't care white, black, Asian, Hispanic, if they hurt a baby witch a baby can stand up for them self.Come on now. He should be put down.
southernbelle February 23, 2014 at 03:17 PM
@Katie--I hear ya! But if you notice, the ppl are usually the same trolls, or the same trolls under different names--as you pointed out. So what appears to be "many" is really and most likely 1-3, IF. And I get it--it's like a lady who goes by John Smith once posted a story with the title something like "MAN is attacked by three Blacks." I totally called her on it! She gave the white victim the label "man" and the attackers the label "blacks." People do sh$t like this ALL the time without even realizing. And as far as reality goes---aren't we all becoming so mixed and multi racial at this point and beyond? In my current family I'm pretty sure I have almost every race possible! hehe Oh--and let me say that my Southern side is more tolerant. less racist, more multi-racial than my Western/Eastern side!! So when ppl accuse/generalize Southerners as being "the" picture of racists, it really irks me and is very untrue! Anyway--I know we got off track…..
Katie 0311 February 23, 2014 at 04:04 PM
That's true southernbelle. None the less what a sad story. I don't understand how someone could even think of doing that to their children and continue to have more. I think this is one of the worst crimes a person could commit. That man deserves to be tortured and killed himself. You know some women try for years to have kids and can't and then there is devil people like this having kids and killing them. Bless those little babies souls.
Ken February 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Maybe with a little luck this baby killer will get to share a room with Charles Manson at the Gray Bar Hotel. And hopefully Charlie would give him some religion.
dj magilacutty February 24, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Oh my gosh teri,I really needed a good laugh , thank you for that totally ignorant post , you really came through for us on patch. don't take this too hard k?.u don't even know me
DB February 24, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Unfortunately he will never see the injection room in this state. He is 39, it will take at least 30 years to execute him, he will die from natural causes in prison 1st.....I say let him loose in GP and put a "jacket" on him......prison justice is much swifter than Jerry's Justice....
andrea c February 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Honestly I don't understand why the mother is not in the head line right beside this man, she had just as much to do with it as this MONSTER did. I know she is set for trial and all but It seems as though there is more about how this man did this to his children but what about her she is the mother! where was she when all of this was going on? Sitting back watching eating popcorn? I have children and i would DIE for them. If ANYONE ever their FATHER so much as tried to hurt them in any way there would be Hell to pay.................
southernbelle February 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM
oh lord, you have never seen the crazy side of redneck till you mess with one a my babies!!!! you done climbed the wrong tree, son! @Andrea, Never have been able to understand either.
Alek J Hidell February 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM
perhaps we need to thank them for their post-birth abortions. Imagine the monsters those kids would have been, with mutant parents such as these?
Jeremiah February 25, 2014 at 04:22 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2559860/Online-trolls-really-ARE-horrible-people-researchers-Narcissistic-Machiavellian-psychopathic-sadistic.html **** Jeremiah
Jeremiah February 25, 2014 at 04:26 PM
This "Alek J Hidell" name is the alias Lee Harvey Oswald used to hide himself prior to assassinating President Kennedy. He/she is a slimy little weasel who comes on any site with tragedy or people in pain and makes rude and hurtful and incendiary comments. He/she gets a thrill out of it, as explained in the link about internet trolls above. **** Jeremiah
Alek J Hidell February 25, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Poor Jeremy is vexed. Seek a mental health practitioner and refrain from creating offspring. Perhaps group therapy is in order, together with your friend in the above photo? Shalom.
beaumontdave February 25, 2014 at 05:56 PM
On blogs as anywhere else people play roles, some being upright and wise in a way that real life doesn't allow. Same with the negative role players fishing for reactions to words they could never say in live situations. The Patch is benign relative to other forums. I've caught grief for fairly innocuous observations, which is fine since I'm not here to bring grief to families of those in the news, but eventually the Patch will have its share of real trolls and ignoring their remarks is the only way of blunting their meaness that I know of, everything else is just playing their game, which is fine too, if that's your intent. That Alek Hidell was an alias of Oswald's is one amazing piece of trivia, how Jeremiah knew that is what I want to know. With that kind of memory, and an hour's drive to all those game shows, he could make some money. I actually tested for a game show called "Greed" fifteen years ago or so, but I found I didn't like the bright lights and all that attention/pressure.
beaumontdave February 25, 2014 at 06:06 PM
As for the subject of the story, Mr. Hahn, his path is set, a one man cell on death-row at Quentin for the next thirty years, and the hope that he's not happy with that kind of life.
andrea c February 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM
To rubberband You could not have said it better! That is exactly what happens!
andrea c February 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM
To southernbelle I feel you! as I said my children are my life and if someone so much as looks at them the wrong way or I feel that they are in any way trying threaten or harm one of them I'M ON IT!
southernbelle February 27, 2014 at 07:10 PM
hahaha, rubber band--I'm loving you---I personally think you're my most entertaining poster! @Jeremiah-I hear what you're saying about trolls--but, not that Alek needs me to defend but I do want to say that I actually appreciate him. He does say some things that cross the line of normalcy--or of what most would not, but if you just sit back and observe with an open mind, you'll find that Alek is probably one of the most outward authentic "personalities" here. I did know that about Oswald--and I usually can tell which other personalities usually belong to Alek (who I believe is his main personality)--or at least the one I appreciate most. But think about this-- truth doesn't always feel good. tough love is a necessary sometimes. We are a society who wants to be made to feel good, constantly. We want our messages wrapped up in warm fuzzy words, with an ego stroking facade. I don;t ever see Alek attacking anyone until he is attacked. And even then, I don't see his attacks as harmful and hurtful as many others I've seen on here. He always refers to the article, using candid and witty humor and/or truth, wrapped in his own original opinion, to which he is fully entitled too. Look around and you'll see what I mean. Alek rarely trolls posters--he responds to the articles until he's spoken to--and even then, he may not answer.
Joseph Morabito February 27, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Rubberband Man is the leader in the clubhouse for best poster here.
southernbelle February 27, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Alek SHOULD do it for a living--if that's the case. I didn't know all that stuff--this is actually my first forum and I've had a fairly fun time seeing personalities emerge. There are definite patterns I recognize in several---there are certainly more than one with multiple "personalities" too, not just Alek. RB--you should also be paid for generating humor of a different kind. You are fantastic at engaging others and keeping threads alive. fun threads. It's a nice change from the usual arguing. I also tend to be drawn to people willing to be honest and authentic, whether that is in feel good form or not--if it's their truth--I appreciate them. anyway,Glad you're coming around.
southernbelle February 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM
loud isn't the half of it! There's nothing I appreciate more than good humor! you might decline wearing the crown but we're putting it in a glass case on the hallway of Patch along with your self written bio; "2014 Crown of Comments goes to the humble, unbathed house hermit, "Rubber Band," the local, likable, lunatic." cheers *raises sweet tea*
southernbelle February 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM
oh, I keep forgetting to ask what is TL;DR?
Libi Uremovic February 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM
'... There's nothing I appreciate more than good humor! ...' ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- an article about serial baby killers isn't the place for humor and mindless chatter, but it does demonstrate the disregard for human life that has overcome this country ....
southernbelle February 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM
stfu libi.
Napa Mom March 02, 2014 at 01:57 AM
Too bad you can shove this guy in a plastic box and let him suffocate... He is not human
Napa Mom March 02, 2014 at 02:16 AM
2001 conviction for death penalty and he is still alive? That's the criminal justice system! Now if you are late on your taxes they take your home and seize your bank accounts. Hmm maybe IRS should take charge of CJ system
TVOR March 04, 2014 at 04:46 PM
If the dude was previously convicted of murder why was he free to spawn?

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