Former employee of Calumet Township Assessor Jacquelyn Collins may have used assessor issued identification badge and identified herself as DCS worker to get victim to get into her car according to family members.
May 4, 2018-A former Employee of Calumet Township Assessor Jacquelyn Collins admitted in open court today that she kidnapped a former Gary resident and her newborn child and later killed the mother. According to documents filed in the case, Geraldine Jones of Gary posed as a DCS caseworker to lure 23 year old Samantha J. Rainey-Fleming and her 17 day old child, Serenity into her car. Jones travelled to Anderson, Indiana where she told Samantha that she was a DCS caseworker and that Samantha had missed a Court hearing. Jones told Samantha that “it would look better” if she brought Serenity to court with her.
3 days after Samantha got into Jones’ vehicle, Madison, Indiana Police began a missing persons investigation. Detectives travelled to Gary where they learned that Jones had called the victims mother from a blocked number,posing as a DCS worker in order to get Samantha’s current address. Police traced the telephone number of the blocked call back to Jones according to sworn testimony in the case. Police then went to Jones’ sister’s home where they encountered the sister and a small child. Police determined that the child was Serenity. A search of the home later turned up the bludgeoned body of 23 year old Samantha Rainey-Fleming.
In the Madison County Circuit Court, Jones today admitted to the facts of the case and pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of criminal confinement. The Court accepted the plea and entered a judgment of guilty on the admitted counts. The matter is set for sentencing on May 25, 2018. The parties have agreed to a sentence of 30 years in prison.