Man charged with murder in death of girlfriend's 17-month-old child

Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 5:56pm
Staff reports
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Jacob Scott Hughes

Metro police Youth Services detectives arrested and charged Jacob Scott Hughes in the death of his girlfriend’s 17-month-old daughter.

Hughes, 22, faces charges of murder and aggravated child abuse. He was arrested in a Nashville courtroom Thursday morning while appearing on a domestic assault warrant issued last month.

Police allege that Hughes was responsible for severe head injuries and bruises to the body of Eloise Costanza. According to police, Hughes was caring for the baby girl on Sunday, July 8, while his girlfriend was at work. Hughes contacted his girlfriend through Facebook and informed her that Eloise was having difficulty breathing.

The mother called 9-1-1 as she headed to her Spring Creek Drive home. Paramedics called police after arriving and finding the young child bruised and unresponsive.

At Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Costanza was diagnosed as being the victim of abusive head trauma. She died the next day. Police claim Hughes told detectives the child’s injuries were due to a fall.  

Following an autopsy, the medical examiner ruled Costanza’s death a homicide.

According to police, Hughes was in court Thursday on a domestic assault warrant accusing him of hitting his girlfriend on June 3. That case was continued.

12 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 7/26/12 at 4:48

Send this fellow to the gallows and then electrocute his cadaver.

By: Beernazi on 7/27/12 at 6:53

What a scumbag - hitting a woman and child so that he can feel like a big man.

By: govskeptic on 7/27/12 at 7:49

So often the "boy friend" in these cases at home while mother works?
Ladies, there are lots of losers out there and this is Exhibit A.

By: RTungsten on 7/27/12 at 9:02

"Hughes contacted his girlfriend through Facebook and informed her that Eloise was having difficulty breathing"


By: yogiman on 7/30/12 at 7:26

I've never known of a "man" who would hit his "girlfriend". She obviously wasn't a friend, let alone "girlfriend".

If he was a man, he wouldn't hit a woman who was a friend.

By: Jughead on 7/30/12 at 3:55

Ginourmous dbag who needs to spend his life as a guest of the crossbar hotel.

By: Jughead on 7/30/12 at 3:56

OTOH, dude beats mom, and mom leaves daughter alone with him?

By: pissedperson101 on 8/2/12 at 11:36

So, do any of you know this young man? And for that matter were any of you there when this tragic Accident happened??? How quick you all are to judge. May God be with you if something is ever pined on you!!!!!!!

By: angryaunt on 8/3/12 at 7:52

Jughead: That is not how that happened! He hit her but it was under very different circumstances then they make it seem on the news. Besides that point just because he hit herdoes not mean she would ever suspect he would kill Eloise. Not to mention, he refered to Eloise has his daughter, that was his child. You never think a person is capable of such a thing especially when you love somebody.

Pissedperson101: I DO know Jacob very very well. I went to the hospital to see Eloise after he beat her. Were you there, do you know, did you see what that poor baby looked like? No you weren't! Nothing is being pinned on him! There are things that he did to her that you do not even know about! God will judge him but the rest of us will wish our pain upon him. He is 100% guilty and as this continues to unfold nobody will be able to say anything to the contrary. He killed an innocent child and then lied his ass off. Bastard got caught and now he will rot.

By: pissedperson101 on 8/6/12 at 11:06

Actually I know more than you think, like she didn't Just fall, she fell out of a bathtub. One more question, if the mother of this child thought for even a second that Jacob was a danger to her or her child, WHY did she bail him out of jail after the "demestic dispute" and put the care of her child back in his hands???

By: flyinfree on 8/11/12 at 6:11

pissedperson101: You piece of CRAP.... FIRST OF ALL, learn how to spell; second of all, you know NOTHING of what REALLY happened because if you DID, you would realize that "falling out of a bathtub" would not give ANYONE the type of injuries the baby suffered; lastly... READ UP ON DOMESTIC ABUSE, idiot.

By: thetruth!! on 8/13/12 at 1:17

I know that the boyfriend called that little girl his daugther unless he was on drugs he would have never hurt her, I also know that i am a mother myself.... it takes longer then a few hours for a bruse to show up so that means that if that little girl had bruses all over her they were there befor the mother went to work... if not there the day befor when the mother was there.... befor anyone points fingures remember GOD and only GOD knows the truth so who ever it may be that is not telling the truth will rot in hell. Not to mention that any mother that pays just a little bit of attention to there child would know weather the marks on that childs body are from playing outside or something diffrent, If someone was hurting my child I would know... Not to mention if someone had hit me so hard my face was covered in blood i'd be damned if my child would be left alone with them.. your child has NO ONE to defend them but there mother and father, So this little sad story about this mother that is hurt so bad is BULL SHIT... if you were so upset.. why didnt you take pictures of your little girl at her funeral KNOWING you would never see her again... because you are loving all the attention you are getting, I personally think that the mother and the boyfriend were both on drugs and when it comes down to it who is to say that all this abuse didnt happen befor the mother went to work... or that the mother didnt know what was going on and used the boyfriend as a easy excuse??? Now can anyone answer that question.