New Jersey’s „Baby Bones” mystery case solved, three arrested
New York, NY, United States (4E) – The skeletal remains discovered in a New Jersey park in 2002, known as “Baby Bones”, have been identified as a 9-year-old girl from New York and three people have been charged Wednesday in her death.
Authorities said that new leads were received after police were handed tips about the case, including one that allowed them to compare DNA of the remains to a living relative which traced a connection.
“Baby Bones” is actually Jon-Niece Jones and she was nine-years-old when she died in New York City.
Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Marc C. LeMieux refused to divulge details of the information but the New York Times reported it was Jon-Niece’s sister, Iyonna Jones, now 21 years old, who provided the important clue.
Officials believe that the girl died in Harlem, at the home of her 39-year-old aunt, Likisha Jones on August 15, 2002, after years of maltreatment under her already deceased mother, Elisha Jones.
Jon-Niece’s body was taken by relatives in a car and it was dumped and burned in a park.
The girl’s aunt, her 35-year-old uncle, James Jones and 48-year-old Godfrey Gibson who was the aunt’s boyfriend when Jon-Niece died, have been accused of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and tampering with evidence.
Although they were not charged on Jon-Niece’s death, prosecutors pointed out that the three are responsible for the girl’s cruel fate even if it was her mother who abused her.
The mother died in December 2002 of natural causes.