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Louisiana Mother And Boyfriend Charged With Murder Of 2-Year-Old Found In Trash Can

Maya Jones and her boyfriend, Jermaine Robinson, are charged with first-degree murder and obstruction of justice after her 2-year-old son, Ezekiel Harry, who she initially reported as abducted, was found dead in a trash can.

By Jonathan Gringauz
Police handouts of Maya Jones and Jermaine Robinson

A Louisiana woman and her boyfriend have been charged with the murder of her 2-year-old son, according to court documents

Maya Jones, 28, and her boyfriend, Jermaine Robinson, 37, are charged with first-degree murder and obstruction of justice. The couple was arrested after the body of Ezekiel Harry, 2, was found in a trash can, the Houma Police Department said in a press release

The search for Ezekiel began at noon on July 12, following a call to police about a possible abduction, authorities said. 

Jones, Ezekiel's mother, was quickly contacted by police. She said that while walking with her children, a passerby in a truck grabbed her son, according to the press release.

Upon investigation, officials quickly determined that Jones's statements were inaccurate, and suspected foul play, authorities said. 

On the day of Ezekiel’s disappearance, Jones left her residence with him and her three other children and headed to nearby Bayou Terrebonne. When she arrived, however, she began going to nearby homes stating that her 2-year-old had been abducted, police said.

In a press conference live-streamed by Fox 8 WVUE, a New Orleans Fox affiliate, Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman presented surveillance images of the couple carrying a black duffel bag, which Ezekiel was found in.

Ezekiel's cause of death was severe blunt force trauma to the head, according to Friday's press release from authorities.

Mourning Ezekiel's loss, family and community members gathered for a vigil on Friday night, reported WGNO, a local ABC affiliate.

"It's just aggravating to hear all this going on," Cynthia Harry, Ezekiel's grandmother, told Fox 8. "We're still trying to figure out, what made you do that?"

State Senator Mike Fesi also attended the vigil, pledging to push for "Ezekiel's Law" to protect other children from abuse.

"In the state of Louisiana last year, we had 55 children die in this situation. … Already this year, in 6 months, half of the year, we're at 33, which is a 23 percent increase," Fesi told WGNO.

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