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Three Charged in Upper Freehold “Baby Bones” Case

Three arrests were announced today by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police, in connection with the 2002 death of a nine year old girl in Harlem, New York.

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The girl’s aunt, uncle and aunt’s boyfriend have been charged with hindering the apprehension of another, tampering with physical evidence, and other crimes. They are held on $40,000-$75,000 bail. The murder of the girl, however, is still being reviewed by New York officials.

New Jersey officials took on the case in 2005 when skeletal remains of a child were recovered in the Clayton Park area of Upper Freehold Township. The ensuing investigation, nicknamed the “Baby Bones” case, revealed the remains were that of Jon-Niece Jones of Harlem.

The case gained nationwide fame in 2009 when it appeared on “America’s Most Wanted,” and soon investigators learned Jon-Niece died at the home of her aunt, Likisha Jones, following years of abuse and neglect by her mother. Detectives say it was her mother, Elisha Jones, and two of the defendants who disposed of Jon-Niece’s body in Upper Freehold after lighting it on fire. Elisha Jones died months later of a medical disease.

“These arrests highlight the tireless efforts of detectives during this seven year investigation,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the State Police. “Because of the hard work by these investigators, these three suspects will now have to answer for their alleged unthinkable actions.”

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