Lonzie Barton’s Mother Has Been Arrested


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Jacksonville, FL., Little Lonzie Barton was reported missing early Friday morning at 2:19 AM on July 24, 2015. Now, four weeks later, according to News4Jax, police have arrested Lonzie’s mother Lonna Lauramore for one count of lying to police and two counts of child neglect. The toddler and his 5 year-old sister was left in the care of Lonna’s live-in boyfriend Ruben Ebron, who reported his car stolen with the toddler still inside of it.

Police scrambled to find little Lonzie, but they still have not found this toddler after a wide spread search and an AMBER ALERT. Mr. Ebron was arrested on July 24, 2015 on two counts of child neglect and one count of lying to police was just recently added. According to News4Jax, the police have stated that both the mother and her live-in boyfriend have been lying, since the moment the police answered the 911 call. The night of his disappearance, Lonna told police that she didn’t know Ruben Ebron.

However, police learned that she lives with him and recently they learned that she has a huge tattoo on her side with Ruben’s name. Additionally, police said she lived in one bedroom apartment with both kids and Mr. Ebron, who bought and sold drugs to pay the bills. Police remain convinced that Mr. Ebron has murdered the child and they are looking for a body, due to new evidence that has emerged. According to WOKV, a third party told police that little Lonzie had a bruise on the back of his head and he had yellow stuff draining out of his ears.

The witness also stated that the toddler was lethargic and may have needed medical care for his injuries. However, Lonna got into a heated argument with Mr. Ebron, but he never gave her a satisfactory answer on how Lonzie obtained these injuries. Then, instead of taking Lonzie to the hospital for his injuries, police say she left the two children in Mr. Ebron’s care. She had him drop her off at Wacko’s, where she worked as an exotic dancer and he had both children at that time. According to News4Jax, the coworker stated that the mother’s actions were odd and suspicious.

After work, she asked a coworker drop her off at home, but the coworker said she wanted to be dropped off at a different apartment complex off Old Kings Rd. Additionally, she asked the coworker to take her to a place where someone owed her money. According to News4Jax, the police saw her coworker’s car and he asked them questions, which is when the officer learned that Lonna was the missing toddler’s mother.

This is when police say, Lonna began immediately lying to the investigators and the coworker confronted her when they were alone. The coworker felt she was not acting like a distraught mother, whose child has just been reported missing.  According to News4Jax, the coworker stated that Lonna Lauramore Barton didn’t get upset, instead she starting acting odd. The coworker said she seemed to be consoling Mr. Ebron, instead of freaking out about the toddler’s disappearance.

Police are building a murder case against Mr. Ebron, because they believe that he murdered the toddler and they believe that he has the answers to where the toddler’s body is located. After an exhaustive search for over a week, police are still no closer to finding this adorable 21 month-old little boy. According to News4Jax, the police are hoping someone has information that will help them find this missing toddler and bring his body home. Furthermore, Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any tips or information that will lead them to recovering Lonzie’s remains.

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References:

News4Jax.com (2015) Lonzie Barton’s mother arrested for child neglect and lying to police

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015

http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonna-barton-arrested-in-lonzie-barton-case/34793284

WOKV (2015) Police: Missing toddler’s mother arrested; toddler was injured before disappearance

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015

http://www.wokv.com/news/news/national/jso-lonzie-barton-injured-disappearance/nnMkt/

News4Jax.com (2015) Lonna Barton’s coworker opens up about the night Lonzie vanished

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015

http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonna-bartons-coworker-talks-about-night-lonzie-disappeared/34808628