Jones is charged with felony murder and cruelty to children as a result of an investigation that began Saturday, March 17, leading to Jones’ arrest, that same day as a suspect in the death of his three-month-old daughter.
According to the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, a report came in around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, March 17, saying an infant was in “physical distress.”
The infant was taken to Gordon Hospital, where medical personnel were unable to save the baby’s life, and she was pronounced dead.
According to the report, the medical personnel, who “observed evidence of recent physical injuries consistent with abuse”, called sheriff’s deputies.
After interviews, execution of search warrants and further investigation, detectives and GBI agents arrested the three-month-old’s father, Jones.
According to Sheppard, the infant’s mother was out shopping for a new baby bed when the incident occurred.
“The Sheriff’s Office does not enter into a homicide investigation lightly,” said Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston. “The loss of a human life is the most serious matter that we are called upon to investigate.”
Ralston said he requested a GBI agent who is specially trained in child abuse to lead this investigation.
According to Campbell, the next court proceeding has not been set.