An Illinois woman is facing murder charges after she reportedly took her deceased son’s body onto a train and placed him onto a corner seat, propped up with a backpack.
New York Post reports that the incident occurred on July 1 when Jamie Jones, 29, allegedly took the boy, 6-year-old Carl Rice Jr., to the Round Lake Beach Metra station, and along with her 9-year-old daughter, caught the commuter train to Chicago. Surveillance video caught Jones carrying the boy over her shoulder. After she departed the train, she got into a vehicle with her deceased son and her daughter. Authorities later said the vehicle was driven by Jones’ father, who took them back to his home. When she arrived at her parents’ home, Jones’ mother realized the boy wasn’t breathing and called 911.
According to the Chicago Tribune, an autopsy reported indicated that the boy died somewhere between June 30 and July 1. He suffered brain hemorrhaging and had bruises all over his face and torso area.
On Tuesday morning, Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Scheller said that authorities previously received a social media message from the boy’s father, who explained that Jones had badly beaten the boy. The attorney said that Jones used a belt to give the child a severe beating between June 24 or June 25, then took him to the hospital later when he complained of stomach pains and a headache. A doctor diagnosed the child with a stomach flu and sent him home.
When authorities arrived at Jones parents’ home, they determined the child had been dead for at least for at six to eight hours. Rigor mortis had already begun to set in. After conducting an investigation, authorities said that the child likely died in Jones’ Round Lake Beach home after she beat him to death.
Jones remains behind bars on a $1 million bond. Her 9-year-old daughter is currently living at a relative’s house while being monitored by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
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