Police in Mesa, Arizona now believe that the parents of a missing teen mother and her baby, participated in their disappearance. Nineteen-year-old Madeline Jones and 1-year-old son, William, were reported missing back in June by Madeline’s father Roland Jones.
Now, ABC15 reports that investigators are accusing Roland and Madeline’s mother Cassandra Jones of helping their daughter disappear and giving false information. The alleged reason: to keep baby William away from his father, who had been granted joint custody of William before the vanishing.
Both Roland and Cassandra were detained at an airport on Wednesday.
"I haven't gotten to be part of his life hardly at all and I want to be, I've tried and tried to work through the courts and then when I'm finally awarded joint custody in June, a day and a half of parenting time, my ex-wife took off with my son," Jacob Gouchenour, William's father told ABC15.
Police detectives have submitted the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review. Roland and Cassandra have been charged with conspiracy to commit custodial interference. Madeline has also been charged in her son’s disappearance.
"[I'm] hopeful everyday that my son is going to turn up, I think this is a huge step in this process," Gouchenour said. "I feel closer to him than I ever have before."
Madeline and William have still not been found. Anyone with information is urged to call Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.
[Photo: Mesa Police Department]