The Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday denied Jackie Skeels parole for the next three years, Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz announced.
Skeels, 53, of Fresno, was convicted March 24, 1983, of first-degree murder in the drowning of her boyfriend’s 9-year-old son, Steven Brown. Skeels and her co-conspirators, Michael Cooper and Lupe Gonzalez, coaxed the victim into the San Joaquin River on Aug. 23, 1982, where they sang “Happy Death Day to You” before drowning him.
Skeels later reported the child missing during a shopping trip to K-Mart, which sparked an intensive search. The child’s body was later discovered in Madera County next to the river.
On Feb. 14, deputy DA Linda Dunn convinced the Board of Parole Hearings that Skeels was still too dangerous to be released into society. The Board ordered that Skeels remain in prison and her suitability for parole will be reexamined in three years...