Reporting L.P. Phillips
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - An Ellis County Justice of the Peace said the human remains recovered last weekend by police and FBI agents are those of a missing Dallas boy who is believed to have been starved and dumped near Ennis.
“They’ve positively identified this boy as Johnathan Lloyd Ramsey. It’s been deemed a homicide,” said Ellis County Justice of the Peace Bill Woody.
The autopsy was performed by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, however Dallas Police Department spokesman Scott Walton disputes Woody’s claim. In an email, Walton says positive identification of the remains could take several weeks “since DNA testing is required.”
The 11-year-old boy had been missing for more than a year. Relatives said that they repeatedly asked about the child’s whereabouts, but his father, 34-year-old Aaron Ramsey, and his stepmother, 31-year-old Elizabeth Ramsey, repeatedly gave excuses as to why Johnathan was not at home.
A grandfather ultimately contacted the Dallas Police Department, which immediately began an investigation.
Both Aaron and Elizabeth Ramsey were arrested on March 30 for the felony of injury to a child. Both are still being held on $500,000 bond.
The news was expected, yet bitter for Judy Williams, the child’s biological mother. “I just need to just go from here and put my child to rest,” said Williams. “Hopefully we’ll have some closure.”
Police suspect that the couple starved the boy to death as punishment. They were tipped off to a possible crime on March 29. An affidavit of arrest says that the child’s maternal grandfather requested a welfare check. The affidavit says that the suspected couple tried to explain the child’s absence by claiming that Johnathan was living with Williams in New Mexico.
However, the affidavit says that Aaron Ramsey ultimately explained that the boy had starved to death after he was punished.
Aaron Ramsey claimed to police that Johnathan had become violent and had punched Elizabeth Ramsey in the stomach, causing her to miscarry triplets. According to the affidavit, Aaron Ramsey put the dead boy “in a sleeping bag and threw a dryer sheet inside the sleeping bag for the smell. [Aaron Ramsey] then carried [Johnathan] next door to a vacant house and put him into the storm shelter where he left him for one or two days.”
The affidavit goes on, claiming that Aaron Ramsey then “transported him to Ennis, Texas where he dumped the body. The suspect led detectives to the location where he dumped the complainants’ body.”
There is a chance that a murder charge could be added, although that is the same classification of felony as injury to a child.
“I hope the injury to a child is upgraded to murder, and maybe possibly the death penalty, for what he did to my son,” said Williams.
The Associated Press reported that the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office wouldn’t immediately say whether charges would be upgraded.
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