Lee Co. ties boyfriend to baby death

The Lee County Sheriff's Office issued the following statement:   

On March 24, 2009, the Lee County Sheriff's Office formally charged Kenneth Gerald Jones Jr., (24), of Smith Station with one count of Capital Murder.  He is currently being held in the Lee County Detention Facility without bond.

On March 22, 2009, at approximately10:33 AM/CST,  the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call Sunday morning from an individual who reported that a fourteen month old male baby was unresponsive at their residence located in the 8900 block of Lee Road 240, Smith Station, Lee County, Alabama.

Lee County Sheriff's Deputies and Friendship Volunteer Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and continued CPR that was already in progress. East Alabama Medical Center EMS arrived and rushed the baby to Jack Houston Memorial Hospital in Phenix City, Russell County, Alabama which is the nearest medical facility to the scene. Efforts to revive the baby were unsuccessful and the baby was pronounced dead in the emergency room at 11:27 AM/CST.

The preliminary investigation did not indicate foul play at the time but at the autopsy, findings indicate that the baby died as a result of suffering from injuries caused due to blunt force to the head and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

On March 23, 2009, the Lee County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of scientist from the Department of Forensic Science executed a search warrant at the residence where the the baby had been discovered.  Additional possible evidence was collected from the home and has been submitted to the Department of Forenisic Science for further testing.  Jones, the baby's mother's boyfriend, was living in the home on Lee Road 240 Smith Station when this incident occurred.  The case is still under investigation.