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Father charged with murder in death of 7-month-old child

By Robin Y. Richardson
July 29, 2013 at 10 p.m.

<p>Jayson Jones</p>

Jayson Alonzo Jones, a.k.a. Lisso Jones III, 30, is in the custody of the Harrison County Jail for the capital murder of his 7-month-old child, who died a year ago.

His bond was set at $1 million.

According to Marshall Police Department officials, a Harrison County grand jury delivered a sealed indictment last month, on June 27, for the charge of capital murder against Jones, the father of the baby. According to the indictment, which is now unsealed, Jones is being accused of causing the death of his daughter by fracturing her head in a manner and means unknown to the grand jury.

Police said the child was taken to the emergency room a year ago, on July 14, 2012, where she was brought in unresponsive.

"Upon officers' arrival, the medical staff advised that attempts to resuscitate the baby were unsuccessful," MPD Detective Sonya Johnson said in a press release.

Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Westy Meisenheimer pronounced the infant dead at approximately 6:10 p.m. that evening, and also ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

"After further investigation and a completed autopsy, it is determined that the child's death is being ruled as a homicide," noted Detective Johnson.

With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals-Monroe Division, the Ouachita Parish Specials Unit and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, Jones was taken into custody earlier this month, on July 9, for the capital murder of his child.

A governor's warrant had to be obtained, however, because he refused extradition back to Texas.

"With the governor's warrant in hand, Jones was transported back to Marshall on Friday, July 26, and booked into the Harrison County Jail on the charge of capital murder," Det. Johnson indicated.

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