A Missouri woman who kept her young son hidden in an attic was given probation on Wednesday for a child abduction conviction.
Lake News Online reports that Aubrey Ferguson will serve 5 years of supervised probation after taking her son, 6-year-son, Braedence Jones, and hiding him from his father for five months. Camden County Circuit Judge Kenneth Hayden also ordered her to pay $6,426 in restitution.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Ryan Jones had been searching for his son since August 2018, after Ferguson failed to return Braedence after a weekend visitation. In October 2018, the Missouri State Highway Patrol issued an Endangered Child Advisory for the body.
According to Lieutenant Arlyne Page with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Ferguson had an active warrant for her arrest at the time, after bringing the child around her boyfriend, 41-year-old Woodrow Ziegler.
A parenting plan set up between Jones and Ferguson stated Braedence should never be in contact or around Ziegler. Police said Ferguson was with Ziegler, despite it being a direct violation of her parenting plan.
According to court documents, Ziegler has previous drug charges and burglary charges.
On January 8, officers with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office found Braedence and Ferguson hiding inside an attic crawl space in Laclede County. Ziegler, according to police, nailed the door to the crawl space shut, then hid the door under carpeting and furniture.
Lieutenant Page previously told CrimeOnline that Ferguson did not have Braedence enrolled in school and had previous issues with a lack of care for him.
“She’s had prior bad acts,” Page explained. “Other people had to talk to her into seeking medical attention for Braedence when he was 8-months-old.”
NBC5 obtained the probable cause statement in the case, which indicated that after Ferguson took the boy, she told Jones that although the child was safe with her, she wouldn’t reveal where she had him. She then turned off her phone so she wouldn’t receive further calls or texts from Jones, according to the station.
Ferguson didn’t always keep Braedence hidden. Surveillance footage from a Dollar General store in Eldridge, Missouri, on December 2, confirmed Ferguson had him at the store. Lane told CrimeOnline that officers responded to calls after the boy was spotted, but by the time they arrived at the store, Ferguson had already left.
Both Ferguson and Ziegler were arrested in January. Braedence is now back with his father
Ziegler is currently facing charges of hindering prosecution in Camden and Laclede Counties, according to KY3.
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[Feature Photo: Braedence Jones/Provided]