JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The mother of a missing Florida toddler told police she believes the boy accidentally overdosed on some drugs that her live-in boyfriend kept in their apartment.
According to documents obtained Friday by the Florida Times-Union, Lonna Lauramore Barton, of Jacksonville, told authorities that she thinks William Ruben Ebron Jr. then freaked out and made up a story that his car had been stolen and the child, Lonzie Barton, was in the backseat. She never reveals in the interviews where she thinks the child ended up.
The paper reports Lonzie has not been found since being reported missing in July and police believe he is dead. The couple is charged with child neglect and giving false information to police. Ebron also faces three counts involving a potential plot to escape.