LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The life of a loving woman—a mother to three boys, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a friend to so many, was taken by a deranged drug addicted man.
The murder of 32-year-old Jamie Baker was a shock, but at the same time now in hindsight they know what led up to it . Jamie grew up in Los Angeles until she and her family moved to the Victorville area when she was around 14-years-old. Her mother, Lisa Baker, described Jamie as very loving and a great mother who really loved her three boys. She described her as someone who poured her heart out to people, and was overall a very happy person.
We Jamie met her mother’s cousin, Danny Jones at a family gathering only around 6 months before her death. He told them that he needed an In-home Supportive Services worker and he wanted Jamie to provide that for him in his South Los Angeles home. Jamie agreed wanting to help him for several hours a week, after all, she could see some old friends and family while she was there helping Jones out. Jamie’s mother said that Jamie had been going back and forth to his home, but they all later learned that Jones was addicted to methamphetamine. Sometimes she contacted him and sometimes he contacted her, her mother said.
As time went on, Jones began keeping Jamie in his home for days and would not let her return home. “He was trying to take control of her, she was getting scared and hiding from him,” said her mother, Lisa Jones. “He was calling around asking for her phone number and where she was staying when she left.” Lisa said that her daughter was baited back many times with Jones saying that he just needed her to provide him the in-home care hours. The odd behavior progressed and Lisa says that she believed Jones was becoming violent with Jamie. “He tried to take her mind from her and to get her to use drugs,” added Lisa.
Jamie was staying at her mother’s Victorville home with her sons temporarily when she was not with Jones providing in-home care. She would return with bruises, and when asked about them she never had an explanation for them. Lisa said that she warned her Jamie that she feared he may really hurt or kill her but she did not believe he would. “She [Jamie] said he is not going to do anything to me, he said he wanted to kill you, mama,” Lisa said. “He said he is going to shoot up your house.” Lisa said that she believed Jamie was trying to protect her family and in some ways, sacrificed herself to save them.
Just days before her murder, Jamie told her sister that she was scared and was going to look into getting a restraining order against Jones. On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Jamie took all the things she bought for her new home and moved in. Jones found out where she had moved, and on Friday, March 8, 2019, he showed up there. He somehow got her to go into his vehicle and left with her back to the South Los Angeles home that he was living in.
While she was gone, her three boys, ages 6, 10, and 15, were with their grandmother. Lisa said that Jones would change the code on her cell phone so she was unable to dial out on her own. On Monday, March 11, 2019, Jones allowed Jamie to talk with her 15-year-old son. Jamie told him that he had locked padlocks on the door and her feet were chained up. At one point, she told her oldest son, “I don’t think I am going to come out of this alive, but I love you.” As Travis, her teen son talked on the phone with her, his grandmother [Lisa] walked in. He told her that Jones would not let her leave and he would not even let her out of the home.
Lisa asked to speak with her and Travis [Lisa’s son] gave her the phone to let her know that she needed to go home because she had an important appointment coming up. “Jamie told Danny she had to leave to take care of her business,” explained Lisa. “He said that he could not find the keys to the padlocks.” Lisa told her daughter she was going to call the police, and Jamie told her not to or he would kill her. She called the police and put them on a three way call with Jamie.
“The 911 operator said that they were sending a unit out there, it took them over 2 hours to get there.”
Lisa put Travis back on the phone with his mother [Jamie]. While on the phone with Jamie, they heard a gunshot and a gasp from Jamie. “He sounded like he was dragging her around the house,” said Lisa. Lisa later learned that Jones sent a text message to his sister, saying that he was about to make breaking news. She asked where Jamie was, and he told her that Jamie had been sent home in a Lyft. Lisa pleaded with the 911 dispatcher to have the police hurry because she believed that her daughter had been shot, but she felt as though they were not listening to her and only attempting to calm her.
Finally, Lisa had Jamie’s aunt call because she felt as though they stopped taking her seriously. She told dispatchers that she believed that Jamie had been shot at around 5:00 p.m. Lisa said that the police finally showed up at around 8:00 p.m. There was no answer to the door and eventually the SWAT team was called. They arrived at around 10:00 p.m. to Jones still barricading himself inside the home. They eventually entered the home and found both Jamie Baker and Danny Jones deceased; Jamie from a gunshot wound to her head and Jones from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Lisa Baker now has her three grandsons who she said miss their mother very much. She plans to raise them with the help of other family, all of who were very close to Jamie also. She is hoping that sharing Jamie’s story will help to save a life. “I want people to know to be careful who you are dealing with even if they are family or friends,” said Lisa. “You would have never thought that this guy was on Crystal meth. Then he killed an innocent person. Don’t trust these people, they are not to be trusted and are less than human when they are on these drugs.”
The Family Assistance Program and the family of Jamie Baker are inviting the public to join them in celebrating Jamie’s life on Friday, April 12, 2019, from 6-7 p.m. at 16857 C Street in the City of Victorville. “Our client is gone, but not forgotten. Join us as we bring Domestic Violence awareness and celebrate Jamie’s life at this candlelight vigil.”
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