The father of a teen found injured and severely malnourished inside of an Oklahoma barn earlier this month is among multiple relatives facing serious criminal charges in connection with the allegations of abuse.
According to the Shawnee News Star, 34-year-old Jimmy L. Jones Sr., was charged with felony counts of child abuse and child neglect.
Among the heinous acts authorities claim he committed against the 15-year-old was shooting him in his leg with a shotgun. The victim weighed just 80 pounds when officials rescued him from the Lincoln County barn.
The minor was placed in protective custody and transported to an area hospital on July 12. As of the latest reports available, he remained at the medical facility and is expected to undergo an extended period of convalescence. He is expected to remain under a doctor’s care for at least the next month.
Reports indicate 46-year-old Amy A. Jones, the child’s stepmother, faces charges related to enabling child abuse. Prosecutors believe she permitted the suspect’s abusive behavior and failed to protect the teen when he was shot.
An affidavit filed in the case revealed that authorities encountered by boy in the yard and described his condition as “underweight in the extreme.”
He had foraged for leaves and other vegetation to survive and a doctor reportedly said he was within a week of dying from the extent of the abuse and neglect.
Authorities observed a wound to his head that his father claimed had become infested with maggots before he dug them out and attempted to close the gash with glue.
The boy’s older brothers, 24-year-old Tyler Joe Adkins and 20-year-old Jonathan Luke Plank, also face charges related to felony child neglect. They are accused of actively depriving the teen of necessities including food and medical care.
First Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter issued a statement making it clear his office is taking the claims seriously.
“I want to stress that each of these are very serious charges under Oklahoma law and the most serious charges we could present based on the facts, each carrying a maximum of life in prison,” he said.
Panter thanked the actions of a passerby who contacted authorities on the day the child was rescued, adding that it “literally saved this child’s life.”
[Featured image: Jimmy L. Jones Sr., Lincoln County Jail]