“Mona Yvette Nelson, the Texas woman charged with capital murder in the death of a 12-year-old Houston boy who disappeared on Christmas Eve, has admitted to being with the boy following his reported kidnapping, police said.
“She gave a self-serving statement to investigators, which placed her with Jonathan [Foster],” Houston police spokesman Kese Smith told AOL News.”
“Jonathan was last seen by his stepfather at his family’s apartment in northwest Houston around 1:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Jonathan’s mother reported him missing later that night after she returned home from work, police said.
On Tuesday, the fifth-grader’s badly burned body was found by a passer-by in a ditch. Evidence at the scene suggested the boy had been murdered and burned elsewhere before his body was dumped, police said.
According to the Houston Chronicle, surveillance cameras from a nearby business had recorded Nelson’s image. That footage led police to her home, where they reportedly found a “boatload” of evidence, including burned carpet and twine similar to string that was found on Jonathan’s hands.
Nelson, 44, was arrested at her apartment Wednesday and charged with capital murder. She was scheduled to appear in court this morning, but did not appear due to an undisclosed medical condition.
Smith said Nelson has not admitted to killing Jonathan and has offered no motive in the case.”
“Nelson was an acquaintance of Jonathan’s family. She was also reportedly friends with a woman who frequently baby-sat the boy.