Prosecutors have decided not to pursue felony murder charges against a Washington, D.C., woman who was arrested on Friday in connection with her 2-month-old son’s ongoing disappearance, according to reports.
Sources told WRC that Kyon Jones’ mother, Ladonia Boggs, 38, appeared in court on Saturday and prosecutors decided to only proceed with a tampering with evidence charge. However, it is possible that additional charges — including murder — will be filed at a later time.
Boggs, who is reportedly free on no bond, allegedly provided Jones’ father and police varying accounts of what happened to the infant. She reportedly claimed the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency took her son before claiming her godmother had the child.
Eventually, Boggs allegedly confessed to rolling on the infant as he slept and throwing his body in a dumpster. She reportedly also admitted to using PCP and experiencing hallucinations the day her son died.
Jones was reported missing on May 7, two days after he was last seen. After Jones’ father contacted Child and Family Services about his missing son and Boggs’ drug use, the agency came to Boggs home about the baby’s whereabouts. Child and Family Services contacted police after Boggs claimed the agency had her son.
Before confessing, Boggs allegedly gave police inconsistent accounts of when her son was taken.
According to court documents, Boggs said she woke up with her stomach on top of Jones, who was not breathing. She allegedly said she waited a brief period before wrapping the baby with a blanket and throwing him in a dumpster.
Police said surveillance footage showed Boggs carrying outside an infant car seat, a plastic bag, and a cardboard box that is large enough to contain a 2-month-old. She was then filmed going to a dumpster and returning to her home without any of the aforementioned items.
Prior to Boggs’ arrest, D.C.’s Missing Voice founder Henderson Long posted a video to Facebook which apparently shows WUSA interviewing Boggs about Jones’ disappearance. The mother is heard saying that her son, who was born prematurely, somehow died while they were sleeping and that she got rid of his body.
“I wrapped it up, took it outside, and disposed of it in the trash … and that’s what happened,” Boggs is allegedly heard saying.
On Thursday, authorities in Washington, D.C., concluded their search of a landfill in Charles County, Virginia. A day later, Boggs was arrested on murder charges even though Jones’ body has not been located.
Boggs is due back in court in mid-November.
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[Featured image: Kyon Jones/Metropolitan Police Department]