Jeanie Ditty: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Jeanie Ditty: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Jeanie Ditty with her daughter, Macy Grace Ditty. (Facebook)

A 23-year-old active-duty soldier and her Army veteran boyfriend have been charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, police in North Carolina say.

Jeanie Ditty and Zachary Keefer, 32, were arrested last week in the death of Macy Grace Ditty, who died in December 2015 days after she was taken to the hospital, the Fayetteville Observer reports.

The couple was charged with first-degree murder and negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, police say. They are being held without bail.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Her Daughter Was Unresponsive & Covered in Bruises When She Was Taken to the Hospital, Police Say

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Jeanie Ditty and her boyfriend, Zachary Keefer. (Fayetteville Police)

The 2-year-old girl, Macy Grace Ditty, was unresponsive when she was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on December 2, 2015, WRAL-TV reports.

Doctors told police she had bruises all over her body and an investigation determined she had suffered life-threatening injuries consistent with child abuse. Macy Grace died on December 4, 2015.

The girl’s grandmother told the Fayetteville Observer her son, Kevin Ditty, who is also in the Army, was called back from overseas to decide whether to take the girl off of life support. Kevin Ditty and Jeanie Ditty are divorced.

According to the arrest warrant, Ditty said she called Keefer, a paramedic, to check on her daughter because the girl wasn’t feeling well. About 25 minutes after Keefer arrived, they found Macy Grace was choking on vomit and called 911.


2. Ditty Ordered ‘Angelic’ Tribute Photos With Her Daughter Superimposed at Her Gravesite

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(Sunny Jo Photography)

After the death of Macy Grace, Jeanie Ditty ordered “angelic” photos from a Pennsylvania photographer. Sunny Jo Photography superimposed the girl into photos taken by Keefer of Jeanie Ditty at her daughter’s gravesite. She contacted the photography studio about a month after her daughter died.

The photos are a package Sunny Jo calls “One More Time” tribute photos.

“I knew that it was a grieving mother, and I felt so bad that she lost her 2-year-old daughter that I jumped right on it,” Sunny Jo told WNEP-TV. “Knowing that she used me and she used this to possibly make herself seem innocent. That’s the worst feeling in the world.”

Ditty posted the photos on Facebook in January, writing “Sunny Jo did some amazing work for me of my angel and I.”

Sunny Jo told the Fayetteville Observer, “I called the detective in charge of the situation, and I find out that she wanted these photos just to lie to the public, to cover up what she did so she can look like the grieving mother.”

Ditty often posted photos with her daughter on Facebook, along with videos, like one you can watch below:

You can see more of the tribute photos, along with other pictures of Jeanie and Macy Grace Ditty at the link below:


3. She & Her Boyfriend Are Facing the Death Penalty

(Facebook)

(Facebook)

Jeanie Ditty and her boyfriend were arrested last week. They could face the death penalty.

The couple appeared in court for the first time on Monday. Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West called the girl’s death “horrific” and said, “whoever is responsible, we’re going to hold them accountable,” according to the Fayetteville Observer.

They are being represented by public defenders and are being held at Cumberland County Jail.


4. She Has Been an Active Duty Soldier at Fort Bragg Since 2013

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(Facebook)

Jeanie Ditty is a soldier in the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade, according to the Fayetteville Observer.

She joined the military after high school and has been stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina since 2013, the Army says.

Keefer, Ditty’s boyfriend, served in the Army for 12 years, according to the Observer. He had worked as a paramedic at First Health of the Carolinas since 2015, according to his Linkedin page.

He was a Special Forces Senior Medical Sergeant in the Army.


5. She Is Originally From Pennsylvania & Has Taken Part in Bikini Competitions

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(Facebook)

Jeanie Ditty, whose maiden name is Jeanie Vengen, is originally from Pennsylvania, according to WNEP-TV.

Family members told the news station she grew up in the Pottsville area and had an unstable childhood.

In addition to being in the Army, Ditty participated in bodybuilding competitions in North Carolina, according to her Facebook page.

Ditty placed 11th in a 2014 bikini competition, according to the website for the North Carolina chapter of the National Physique Committee.

Keefer is the owner of Xtreme Fitness Inc., where he works as a personal trainer specializing in preparing competitors for bikini and bodybuilding competitions.

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79 Comments

Az gal

In the video she talks to her baby daughter overly stern, threatening to spank or “ground” the baby! Then tells her she is bad! What do u expect from a baby? Her mind is screwed. Expectations too high for a baby. The child wobbles in a diaper, barely able to stand.

Anna

She twice says, “Get off MY nightstand”, but doesn’t express any concern about the baby being injured by a fall off the nightstand. As though she expected the baby to understand that the piece of furniture belongs to the mother, not the baby. To her, the baby is bad for wandering onto/exploring the furniture that belongs to the mother. Doesn’t seem she cared to share her possessions with the baby. Can’t imagine telling a baby “you’re bad” because the baby is on “my nightstand” (or, “my chair”, “my bed”, etc.). Maybe some of the beatings occurred when the mother or boyfriend were angry because the baby was on or using “their things” – furniture, cookware (babies love to play with pots and pans), mom’s cosmetics, etc. . . .

Az gal

Ya, I noticed that too. First thing she should have done is taken the baby down before she hurt herself. Instead if berating her!

Crystal MacDougall

She wasn’t berating her. I spoke to my daughter like that.. it was in jest. I have a video of my daughter around the same age, maybe a couple months older climbing along the foot of her crib when we transitioned it into a daybed/toddler bed.

It looked like it was in a corner between the bed.. probably not at a huge risk of getting hurt.

What she’s accused of doing/being a part of.. her daughters death.. is beyond my comprehention.. I just can’t even understand how any mother.. parent.. human could inflict harm on a baby.. I just can’t..

But at least I can recognize a harmless “normal” video when I see one. It appears at that point in her life.. she was at least somewhat stable.. and caring.

Lisa

I completely agree with you! She was talking to a baby like a teenager! That poor baby had no idea what she was saying, all she knew was her mommy was giving her attention and she was happy. Are you smiling she asks the baby, who doesn’t love their babies smile!? She should have more concerned about the baby’s safety not disciplining a baby! Wtf that mother deserves the death penalty if she did it!

Anonymous

I agree Lisa…Such a very sad sad thing… The mother and boyfriend should be sentenced to death in my opinion..He was charged right after this child’s death with beating up a woman and body slamming her. in a bath tub…..EVIL….PURE EVIL!!!!!..

Blacc Amerika

White people have SERIOUS mental issues. To their own children. Surprised they dont eat them. Im sure they pribably do, jus not reported on yet.

Heather

*people* can have serious mental issues. There’s been child abuse cases in every color. Just so maybe you won’t sound so ignorant next time you write something on the Internet.

Anonymous

White people? How about ” people” It has nothing to do with race. Anyone can snap. Quit making everything about race.

Anonymous

You’re right and so sorry about that person’s ignorance !

Lu Johnson

Black people are retarded idiots with low IQs. They actually HATE people with skin color that is different from theirs. How they’ve managed to craw forth from history is beyond me. They probably deep fry their kids. /sarc off. Hey moron, if your’e not just trolling, you’re a complete idiot.

Anonymous

you are an idiot Lu, 2106 and you are talking like this. i guarantee you are in black folk face all day and hide behind shit like you are okay with them. Let them know to their face you are a racist!

Anonymous

Thank God you’re race will soon be extinct you ignorant fool! Whites are AIDS of the planet and to all races.

Unknown

You must be black because you’re no better than those black people you’re talking about clown

Anastasia

If black people have lower IQs and less education than white people it’s because they’re deprived of fairness from the time they’re born because of people like you. It’s a fact that white people are offered more opportunities to get ahead in life, which is why other races have a higher crime and obesity rate because they’re stuck in poverty or the only way to go to college is to get a sports scholarship or get student loans which will only keep them in debt trying to pay them off. So in both crime neighborhoods (made up of mostly black and Hispanic people) they try to get ahead by selling drugs, joining gangs, etc…. which is why families often times don’t have dads because some leave, some end up in prison or some die. We are all one race: the human race. As far as ethnicity goes, if people all reached out to help one another and life was equally fair to all no matter their color, religion, sex, the world would be a better place and things like this would happen a lot less frequently. P.S. I’m half black and have an IQ of 175. You cannot judge a group of people if you don’t know each person individually.

kari

you Blacc can’t be serious. Not all white people are like this and I have see n as many if not more other race do the same thing. I am offended by what you said. I am a women (Who is white) that has not only raised my own children but many, many others. People like you are the reason there is so much Racism in our country. Grow up and think about what you say before you say it.

Gabby

It sounds like you have some serious mental issues. You should really seek professional help!! This has NOTHING to do with race. FYI mental problems aren’t only in one race but actually ALL.

White Woman

You are one of the reasons why racism still exists in the world! Try using spell check and full sentences, you sound ignorant. I’ll help you out: “Black, Probably, Just.” There are just as many Black, Asian, Indian, Hispanic raves that kill their children.

Anonymous

Only white people, eh? I read a story on here if a black family murdering their children in an attempted excersism. So only we are crazy? Every race has crazy people. Racist moron.

M.C.

There are stories every day of Blacks killing their kids or the boyfriends kill them. Blacks have ownership of the market in killing their kids.

Joe Doe

I suggest you try to form sentences and spell words correctly when talking smack. Just some FYI, (FYI stands for “For Your Information” and because you can’t spell I don’t want you to struggle with an acronym) spell check is free. Here’s how it works… when you type a sentence it underlines the misspelled word with a “red” squiggly line to tell you so even idiots won’t look like idiots, well most of them.

Anastasia

You’re implying that white children have more than one father? You should rely educate yourself. It might be that black father’s are more likely not to stick around but that’s also influenced by poverty and location. I know white fathers that have nothing to do with their children and I know black fathers who raise their children alone. Why does race have to play a part in anything? What matters is this woman killed her own child. A defenseless, innocent baby girl who was supposed to be protected and loved by the one person who failed to do so. That’s what matters.

Anastasia

Typos 😡 thank you autocorrect. Because you know what I’m meaning to say better than I do. (*really educate: black *fathers…. And I’m sure there’s more but just know, I know how to spell and punctuate correctly!) 😆

Anonymous

Black Lives DO Matter … especially when Police run out of paper silhouette targets at the gun range! ;)

Liz

Do you realize how ignorant you sound? There are just as many child murders, rapes and abuse by blacks as there are in any other race. Get your facts straight you damn racist.

Jeff

Well, you’re certainly representing “black america” in view of the fact that you can’t spell….”DAT’S fo sho”

Stacy

This is a serious death of a child…white, black, pink or what ever. Your comment is insensitive and not necessary. This crap happens all the time, you may want to google this
Police: Nev. mom kills daughter, 6, with scissors, oops she is black or maybe this one, *Another tragedy struck earlier this week when a Black woman suffocated her own children in a car before submerging the vehicle into the water. The horrendous crime took place in South Carolina. I could go on and on but not going to in respect for the children that suffered in the own mothers hands….very sad for all colors of skin. I dont think god looks at color….at least mine dont. You pribably need to do your homework .

Stacy

This is a serious death of a child…white, black, pink or what ever. Your comment is insensitive and not necessary. This crap happens all the time, you may want to google this
Police: Nev. mom kills daughter, 6, with scissors, oops she is black or maybe this one, *Another tragedy struck earlier this week when a Black woman suffocated her own children in a car before submerging the vehicle into the water. The horrendous crime took place in South Carolina. I could go on and on but not going to in respect for the children that suffered from their own mothers hands….very sad for all colors of skin. I dont think god looks at color….at least mine dont. You pribably trying to get a reaction out of folks, which you succeeded in such a racist way. Now pull your big girl panities up and get a job.

Bronzerat

Did you do any research on black people murdering their children? – no of course you didn’t otherwise you wouldn’t have posted that stupid comment.

Anastasia

It is not fair to be offended by racism, yet be racist yourself. If you want to change the minds of ignorant people, don’t make a bad example for those of us who deserve respect. When you act a certain way, say and do certain things, you create stereotypes, negative impressions and opinions for the group of people you claim to represent. I’m a half black, 1/4 white and 1/4 Mexican woman. If I want people to see me differently than what they hear about lower class citizens of my ethnicity, for example, being uneducated and/or ghetto, I prove them wrong by carrying myself well and constantly working on my vocabulary as well as challenging my brain to learn new facts and speaking/writing intelligently. If you want someone to respect you, I would suggest showing them respect as well. If you want to be ignorant and shallow then don’t represent black people as a whole, but share your idiotic opinions as yourself.

Amused

And this right here shows the stupidity of some people in this world. Racism at its finest. You are really ignorant and uneducated. Color has not one thing to do with this. And by the way you spelled AMERICA wrong. But I’m just guessing you erarned your education in prison. -thats called profiling ;)

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