A mother in Louisiana who reported her 2-year-old son missing was taken into custody after the toddler was found dead in a garbage can, authorities said.
Around noon on July 12, Maya Jones, 28, reported to police in Houma that “a subject in a grey truck passed” and grabbed her boy, Ezekiel Harry, police said.
Authorities launched a search for the child. During the investigation, however, police said Jones story didn’t add up and authorities began to suspect foul play could be involved with the child’s disappearance.
Police said “detectives were able to ascertain information that the remains” of the victim “were disposed in a trash can.”
Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman claimed surveillance video shows Jones and the woman's live-in boyfriend, Jermaine Robinson, 37, “carrying the lifeless body of Ezekiel Harry” in a duffel bag, Houma Today reported.
A woman told WTSP that she came outside her residence shortly before 6 p.m. the day the child was reported missing to find “a lady laying down on the ground beside the trash” and officers telling the homeowner to go back inside.
“I thought the lady was dead but after that, [but officers] came to explain that the lady said her baby was abducted, then after they interrogated her she told what happened and brought them to the trash can, which was in front of my house,” said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous. “I’ve got babies myself. It was scary.”
Jones’ three remaining children, ages 5 to 10, are in the custody of their father, Trey Harry, according to Houma Today.
"I'm being as strong as possible, especially for the sake of my other children," he told the outlet of his youngest son's death.
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