JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The man who police believe attempted to take his own life before setting his Westside house on fire Wednesday evening was facing a aggravated child abuse charge.Jason Shegog, 28, was found dead when firefighters being protected by SWAT officers entered the burning home in the 4800 block of Anvers Boulevard. According to the police report, a witness who saw Shegog earlier in day said Shegog was bleeding from the wrist and had burns on the upper half of his body.The witness, who had been staying at the home, said Shegog went out of the house, returned with a gasoline can and entered his bedroom. She told police Shegog said to her, “If ya’ll want me to leave, this is how I will go.”Police were called to the Cedar Hills neighborhood just after 4 p.m., and because Shegog had threatened suicide, the SWAT team surrounded the house and a hostiage negotiator was called in.
“Our SWAT team made repeated attempts to contact him in many different manners, and he never responded to any of that,” Asst. Chief Ron Lendvay said.
When the fire that had been burning slowly flared up, firefighters were sent in to put out the fire and a man’s body was found inside.According to police records, Shegog was arrested last month on charges he abused his 6-month-old daughter, leaving her with skull fractures and broken ribs. He was out on $50,000 bond, but when he failed to appear at a pretrial hearing Wednesday, a warrant for his arrest was issued.Shegog’s fiancee, Victoria Pursley, 29, who took the baby to the hospital, is facing a child neglect charge in connection with the baby’s injuries.The child, who is in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, is recovering from her injuries.If convicted, Shegog could have faced up to 30 years in prison.