Man kills his 5 children and dumps them like trash


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This is so sad. :(

I also heard later reports that he strangled the children. How could he do that?! And then treat them like trash?!

LEXINGTON - A Lexington County [SC] man has admitted to killing his five children, and traveling three states with their bodies in garbage bags before dumping them in Alabama, authorities said Wednesday.

Timothy Ray Jones, 32, confessed to Mississippi authorities that he had killed his children and dumped their bodies. On Tuesday, he led law enforcement to the children's resting place on a rural Alabama road.

Divorce records listed the five children as Merah, 8; Elias, 7; Nahtahn, 6; Gabriel, 2, and Elaine Marie, 1. Elaine Marie was born Abagail Elizabeth but the parents agreed to a name change, records show.

Jones had not given authorities a motive for the killings as of late Wednesday.

His father, Timothy Jones Sr., of Amory, Mississippi, said the family's hearts were broken, and he called his son a loving dad.

"We do not have all the answers, and we may never have them," he said in a statement outside his home. "But anyone who knows Little Tim will agree that he is not the animal he will be portrayed as through the media."

Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said in all his years in law enforcement, he had never seen a case like this one.

Lexington County investigators on Wednesday showed reporters this composite picture of the five dead children. The children were not identified in the composite.

"We feel that he killed the five children at the same time," McCarty said. "He traveled three states with these children in garbage bags in the back of his vehicle ... I don't understand why he did, but yes these children were in garbage bags."

McCarty said the children were last seen Aug. 28, when Jones picked them up from school. Jones had primary custody of the children.

On Sept. 3, the mother reported the children missing, but said it wasn't unusual for her to have a difficult time in finding Jones.

Without a reason to believe the children were in danger, and because they were with their primary custodian, an Amber Alert was not issued, said SLED Chief Mark Keel. But a missing persons report was entered into a national database.

Three days later, Jones was stopped at a checkpoint in Smith County, Mississippi, authorities said.

The officer reported Jones seemed disoriented and was "a little bit on the violent side," McCarty said. Chemicals used to make methamphetamine, some synthetic marijuana, or Spice, and cleaning materials were found in Jones' 2006 Cadillac Escalade, McCarty said.

An officer said he also "smelled the stench of death."

Jones remained in Mississippi as of late Wednesday. He'll likely be extradited Thursday back to South Carolina, where five warrants of murder await him. So far, he has been charged with child neglect.

McCarty added the children's mother was a "sweet lady" who is in shock by the death of her children.

Jones had moved with the children to a neighborhood of mobile homes in Lexington after the couple's October 2013 divorce. They were married for about 10 years.

Records describe a messy divorce between Jones and the children's mother. She was having an affair with a neighbor, according to divorce papers.

A therapist who saw Jones more than two years ago described him as "highly intelligent" and responsible, yet emotionally devastated and angry over his wife's alleged infidelity, court records show.

Jones was an Intel engineer and made more than $70,000 a year at the time of his divorce.

Meanwhile, Department of Social Services Law Enforcement Liaison Jackie Swindler confirmed the agency had an open case with the family. A DSS worker and a Lexington County Sheriff officer interviewed Jones, the children and neighbors on Aug. 8, following a complaint made the previous day that Jones was abusing the children.

No physical signs of abuse were spotted on the children. A follow-up visit was scheduled by DSS, but authorities were already searching for the children before the caseworker could make a return visit, Swindler said.

The caseworker dispatched on Aug. 8 is a veteran staffer with more than 25 years of experience, said a source close to the investigation. And the worker had a caseload of 17 cases, totaling 34 children, a range well within recommended guidelines by the National Association of Social Workers.

DSS also had contact with the family in May, when they received a report of abuse. At the time, a child told the caseworker a sibling had slammed a door on the other, according to a source. DSS had not released the family's file as of Wednesday evening.

S.C. dad confessed to killing his 5 children, authorities say - Post and Courier


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Slain 5 kids loved to play, wrestle with their dad

Sep 12 2014 10:30 am Sep 12 7:20 pm

AMORY, Miss. - The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling.

And they loved "wrestling with their dad."

At their memorial in this rural Mississippi town Friday, about 100 people, some who didn't even know the Jones children, watched a slide show of their short lives. Mourners in wooden church pews cried and soft music accompanied the images of Merah, 8; Elias, 7; Nahtahn, 6; Gabriel, 2; and Elaine, 1.

Associate minister Derrick Maranto said Elaine loved to give high fives, dance and act as a "leg ornament."

"That is, whether you find yourself at Walmart or find yourself at the grocery store, or even at home, you feel something heavy on your leg," Maranto said. "It's a child, like hanging on to you. That was Elaine."

Gabriel loved to watch Care Bears and "VeggieTales." Elias - who Maranto called Eli - loved fishing and dressing up like Spiderman. Nahtahn liked to fish, ride his bike and dress up like Ironman.

Merah put on princess outfits, played with dolls and liked brushing people's hair.

And "they all loved wrestling with dad," Maranto said, the only specific mention of the father at the memorial.

"They loved going to the park. They loved swimming. They loved chocolate cookies and a chocolate fountain."

About 400 miles away in Lexington, South Carolina, their father waived his first court appearance Friday because he is being "portrayed as a monster" and needs a mental health evaluation as soon as possible, his attorney said.

Authorities said Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, killed his three boys and two girls, wrapped their bodies in separate trash bags and drove around for days with their decomposing bodies before dumping them on a rural hilltop in Alabama. Jones killed them at his home about two weeks ago, before his ex-wife reported them missing, Acting Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said. The motive and cause of death was still being investigated, authorities said.

Jones has been treated for mental health problems in the past, his attorney Aimee Zmroczek said. She would not elaborate.

"He is scared and simply wants someone to guide him through the process," Zmroczek said.

His attorneys filed documents saying the initial hearing was entirely unnecessary and could taint a potential jury pool and prevent him from receiving a fair trial.

Jones' attorney Zmroczek said he has been held in isolation under suicide watch. Lexington County authorities transferred him to a state prison for his safety.

On Thursday, social services officials released a file detailing allegations of abuse and about a dozen visits to Jones' homes in the last three years. There were accusations the children had bruises and were spanked with a belt, but authorities never found anything serious enough to take the children away.

Case workers made visits as Jones' marriage fell apart amid allegations his wife cheated on him with a neighbor. His wife talked about being lonely and what a mistake the couple thought they made moving from Mississippi. They left for South Carolina after he got a degree at Mississippi State University and landed a job making $71,000-a-year job as a computer engineer at Intel.

A therapist who saw Jones more than two years ago described him as "highly intelligent" and responsible, yet emotionally devastated and angry over his wife's alleged infidelity, divorce records show.

An intoxicated and agitated Jones was arrested at a DUI checkpoint in Smith County, Mississippi, on Saturday, and authorities said he had a form of synthetic marijuana on him. Officers found children's clothes, blood and maggots in his SUV.

Three days later, authorities said he led police to the bodies on a remote hillside in Alabama.

Through it all, Jones' father, Tim Jones Sr., spoken up for his son, who he called Little Tim. Jones Sr. said his son made a stupid mistake when he was convicted as a 19-year-old for cocaine possession and a crime spree that including stealing cars.

Jones Sr. said his son was a loving father, brother and son.

At the conclusion of the memorial, everyone was given pink, yellow, green and blue balloons and asked to go outside. Once there, Jones Sr. sobbed.

"I don't want to let go," he said, still holding the balloons. As he released them, the rest of the mourners followed, watching in silence as the balloons drifted toward the clouds.

Slain 5 kids loved to play, wrestle with their dad - Post and Courier


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