ATLANTA — Police are searching for a 26-year-old man wanted for the murder of an 8-month-old.
Monte Jones, who would have been 9 months old on Thanksgiving Day, died Nov. 11, two days after being taken to an emergency room with serious injuries.
Jasmine Jones told police she had gone to work and left her three children with a neighbor at Deerfield Garden Apartments off Campbellton Road. She said she was called at work to go to the emergency room.
Officers say Jones died of blunt force trauma to the head at the hands of Jaquest Deeric Norris.
Jones' mother, Jasmine, was shocked when she found out Norris was wanted for her child's death. She told Channel 2's Carl Willis she knew him only in passing and believes he is related to the woman who was babysitting her children.
"I didn't think he was creepy or devilish like that," Jasmine Jones said.
She said she originally thought her son's injuries were due to negligence.
"That's my baby. Who would want to do something to my baby, my son?" Jones said.
Jasmine Jones says she was lead to believe that Monte had drowned during a bath.
"They're telling me that my son had a broken leg, that my son had broken ribs and a cracked skull," she said.
Investigators say there was also evidence that the baby may have been sexually assaulted.
"They had to be sick. They had to be demonized. They had to be devilish and they have kids in their house," Jasmine Jones said.
Jones' other two children are in state custody now.
For now, APD and the FBI fugitive task force are working to locate Norris. They consider him armed and dangerous.
"Armed and dangerous? I'm nervous. I'm nervous to even be speaking on this news because of the fact that this happened to my son. What type of retaliation do I get?" Jones said.
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