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Mother’s Guilty Plea in 2022 Death of Neglected 8-Year-Old Navin Jones Reveals Heartbreaking Details

A 37-year-old mother has entered a guilty plea this week in connection with the tragic 2022 death of her 8-year-old child, Navin Jones, who suffered severe neglect, abuse, and lack of proper nutrition.

The Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office disclosed that on Thursday, Dec. 7, Stephanie Jones pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of her son. The harrowing incident unfolded on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, around 2:43 p.m., when the Peoria Police Department responded to an unresponsive 8-year-old in the 1700 block of North Gale Avenue.

Despite being transported to a hospital in critical condition, Navin was pronounced dead. Initially charged with endangering the life or health of a child, both parents, Jones and 40-year-old Brandon Walker, were arrested at the time of the incident. On March 30, 2022, the Peoria County Coroner completed an autopsy, revealing that Navin Jones died from physical abuse and neglect.

Reportedly, the child’s parents intentionally withheld medical care and proper nutrition, causing him to weigh only 30 pounds when discovered by the police. Shockingly, a note found outside the child’s room instructed them not to provide him with food or drink, showcasing the extent of neglect. The room itself was in deplorable condition, with urine and feces throughout, according to WMBD-TV.

Navin had suffered beatings all over his body, displaying signs of severe physical abuse. Text messages between Jones and Walker unveiled disturbing details, indicating that in October 2021, Walker sought to punish the victim by confining him to the basement for urinating on the wall. Other messages suggested Walker was aware of the child’s weight loss and the need for medical care.

State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos expressed the indescribable nature of the case, stating, “Some cases are just too indescribable for words, and this is one of them.” Hoos continued, highlighting the significance of Jones admitting to her actions, acknowledging that Navin deserves the truth about his tragic fate.

Facing a potential prison term of 20 to 100 years, Stephanie Jones is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 7. Meanwhile, Brandon Walker’s trial is set to commence on Monday, Dec. 11. The case continues to unravel the grim details of a deeply distressing situation that resulted in the loss of a young life.

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