Murder suspect turns himself in to face charges for toddler's death

Accused murderer turns himself in to police

September 20, 2013 4:17:13 PM PDT
Nearly four years after a little girl died at a hospital from multiple head injuries, her mother and then-boyfriend are now facing charges for murder. Eyewitness News was there as one of suspects turned himself into police.

Barry Wayne Jones, 30, didn't offer a comment as he turned himself in to authorities. He has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter. On Friday, with the help of community activist Quanell X, Jones turned himself in.

"His actual words to me was, 'Mr. X, it's not in my DNA to hurt a kid,'" said Quanell.

Detectives say Jones was living in a northwest Harris County apartment complex with his girlfriend and her three kids back in 2009.

According to court documents, the two-year-old girl named Sonia died from brain injuries in November 2009. Investigators say she had been hit in the head several times. The two-year-old was also allegedly bruised, burned and weighed just 16.5 pounds. Now, both Jones and his girlfriend Chandre Davison have been charged with murder. Davison, 29, is still on the run.

Quanell explained, "He says there's more to the story that what's being told, and that he believes it's a disgruntled ex."

Many are now looking to Child Protective Services for answers. A CPS worker checked on the little girl just two days before her death. CPS says doctors were still looking into medical reasons why she might be so malnourished when she died. The CPS caseworker resigned soon after the death.

CPS has taken custody of the mother's other children.

Pooja Lodhia will have more on this story this afternoon on ABC13 Eyewitness News. Find Pooja on Facebook at PoojaLodhia-Reporter or on Twitter at @impoojalodhia

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