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Minn. father who killed child flees from parole in Texas

The Minnesota Department of Corrections lists Beauford Jackson III as a fugitive as of Feb. 8, 2018. Courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections

ST. PAUL—Tuesday marked 11 years since Beauford Jackson III beat his 15-month-old daughter to death in St. Paul and the man is now a fugitive, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Jackson, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree, unintentional murder of Destiny Jackson in 2007 in exchange for a sentence of 13 years and 9 months.

Inmates in Minnesota prisons generally serve two-thirds of their sentences behind bars and the rest on supervised release in the community.

Jackson was released from prison on May 9, 2016, to supervised release. He has been listed as a fugitive since Thursday "when he absconded from his supervision," according to Sarah Fitzgerald, Corrections Department spokeswoman.

He was under supervision in Texas and did not report to his supervision agent, Fitzgerald said.

The department is asking anyone with information about Jackson's whereabouts to call 911 or the DOC Fugitive Hotline at 651-603-0026. Citizens should not attempt to confront Jackson, Fitzgerald said.

Jackson is described as African-American, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 177 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

In 2007, when he pleaded guilty, Jackson admitted striking his daughter again and again, pummeling her neck and abdomen after she awoke crying Feb. 13, 2007.

Ramsey County child protection officials had returned Destiny to her parents, who were then 18-years-old, two weeks before she died. She had been placed in foster care in December 2006 after doctors discovered a skull fracture.

The girl's mother had run to the grocery store at the time of the attack. She returned from the store, noticed her daughter could barely breathe and eventually called 911 despite protests from Jackson, according to court records.

Destiny's grandmother described the girl as "the sunniest, sweetest, nicest little person." She said called her granddaughter "Pinky" because she was always wearing pink.

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