Father Held Over Deaths Of His Five Children

A father is being held after the bodies of his five children – aged between one and eight – were found hundreds of miles away from his home.

Timothy Ray Jones Jr is suspected of killing the youngsters and dumping their bodies in rural Alabama.

The bodies had been buried in individual garbage bags and left in an isolated spot about 10 miles east of Camden,Wilcox County, according to CBS.

WilcoxCounty Sheriff Michael Jackson said: “This is a very tragic situation. These kids’ lives were snuffed out before they had a chance to enjoy life. Justice will be served.”

Jones, 32, was stopped for driving while under the influence in Raleigh, Mississippi, on Saturday.

An inspection of his SUV led police to find what they described as evidence of a crime.

Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton told WLTX that a chemical smell could be detected coming from Mr Jones’ Cadillac Escalade when he was detained at a driver’s licence checkpoint.

Officers found what they believed were ingredients used to make the drugs crystalmethand a synthetic form of marijuana.

Deputies also found what appeared to be bleach, muriatic acid, blood, and other bodily fluids in the car, Sheriff Crumptonsaid.

A search for Jones’ name on police databases led Smith County officers to discover that he was connected to a missing persons report.

Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said the children’s mother had reported Jones and the five children missing just after 6pmon Wednesday, September 3.

The five youngsters lived with Jones, who was the children’s “primary legal custodian”, but the mother, from whom he is divorced, had told deputies that she had been unable to contact him, according to Fox10tv.

Jones was arrested and questioned, before according to Sheriff Crumpton, confessing to officers late on Monday.

He then led them to the site where the bodies had been left.

The children have not been named.

The bodies are being transported to Lexington County, South Carolina, to be formally identified.

Jones has been charged with child neglect. He is also facing a number of other charges, Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said.

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10 September 2014 | 12:23 pm – Source: orange.co.uk

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