Mother Arrested as part of Lonzie Barton Disappearance

| August 19, 2015


JACKSONVILLE —The mother of a missing 21-month-old Jacksonville boy has been arrested, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Nearly one month after the child, Lonzie Barton, went missing his mother, Lonna Lauramore, has been charged with child neglect and giving false information to law enforcement.

14589735Lauramore covered her face with a hood and dodged questions from reporters late Tuesday night after she was taken into custody.

Deputies said the charges are not directly related to the child’s disappearance but stem from lies that she allegedly told investigators about not knowing the man that her son was last seen with, 32-year-old William Ebron.

Investigators said Lauramore not only lied, but also allowed Ebron to leave drugs at the apartment where her kids lived.

“I’ve said from the beginning, this case has more questions than answers. Our goal has been to get answers from people who knew them, and when you stand in the way of investigators trying to do that, that hampers us from trying to find that child,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief Tom Hackey said.

Hackney also says investigators have learned that the couple got into an argument over a bruise on Lonzie’s head hours before he disappeared. Lauramore then went to work, leaving Lonzie and his 5-year-old sister with Ebron.

Lonzie was reported missing on July 24, prompting a statewide Amber Alert and the arrest of Ebron for alleged lies he told police. Deputies said they do not expect to find Lonzie alive.

Earlier this week, Ebron pleaded not guilty to child neglect charges.

According to jail records, Lauramore is due in court on Wednesday.


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