Police believe they have finally found the remains of a 10-year-old boy who was brutally starved to death by his parents in Texas. After nearly two weeks of searching for Johnathan Ramsey’s remains, police say his father, Aaron Ramsey, led them to the heavily wooded area where he and his wife Elizabeth dumped the boy’s emaciated body in a sleeping bag. Aaron, 34, and Elizabeth Ramsey, 31 told police that they fed the boy nothing but bread and water for months, keeping him locked in a bedroom of their Dallas home, until one day last August when they found the small child collapsed and unresponsive on the floor. Early Saturday morning, police were out in droves, dredging up a muddy creek in Ellis County for nearly seven hours. All I can say is we have found some remains – and by remains I mean something like bones. But I can’t definitely say it’s Jonathan Ramsey,’ said Sgt. Brenda Nichols said to CBS. Police began investigating Johnathan’s disappearance in March, when his grandfather called them concerned that he hadn’t seen the boy in over a year. Edward Ramsey told CBS that he was worried, but the family always had an excuse as to why the boy couldn’t come to the phone. In our eyes, he wasn’t missing because there were excuses,’ Mr Ramsey said. ‘It was hard but you don’t want to put too much pressure.
Ramsey said the child punched his stepmother’s stomach so hard she suffered a miscarriage, so the two malnourished him for his bad behavior. At the end of his life, the Ramseys said, his weight fell from 90 to 60 pounds and he was unable to walk.
Having found some remains, police are now waiting on the medical examiner to identify them as Johnathan’s.
‘This child was horribly murdered. If this is in fact Jonathan’s body, he was discarded, brutally discarded,’ Sgt. Brenda Nichols told CBS.
Police had searched the Ellis County area before, but were unable to scour the rough terrain.
‘Because this child has not been at rest, we have not been at rest. This has been extremely emotional for everyone involved – the family and all the officers involved in this investigation,’ Sgt. Nichols said.
Julie Ramsey, Johnathan’s grandmother, wept when she spoke to Fox News about her son’s alleged crime.
‘He was a good daddy, a wonderful daddy. He’d go to the ends of the earth for anybody… especially Johnathan,’ she said.
At the same time, she insisted there might be more to the story than a brutal, prolonged murder.
‘We don’t know what happened. We don’t know exactly what happened,’ Ms Ramsey said, reassuring herself that the truth could not be as heinous as it seemed.