A person has been arrested after authorities discovered the physique of a kidnapped 5-yr-previous Kentucky boy Monday — close to the place his mom was pushed off a cliff earlier by the kidnapper.
Lonnie Belt, forty one, is charged with kidnapping and murdering James Spoonamore. The boy’s mom, Jessica Durham, and Belt have been acquaintances and will have been mountaineering collectively when issues out of the blue turned violent.
The 2 adults acquired into an argument over cash earlier than Belt hit Durham on the top, tied her up, after which took her to Sparks Ridge Street in Kentucky the place he assaulted her, Kentucky State Police stated.
The accused man then pressured her off the cliff and made off together with her son.
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Two hikers found an injured Durham Saturday morning. She was recovering at a hospital in Lexington.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders stated it’s unclear how Spoonamore died.
Belt can also be charged with tampering with proof and assault. He is being held at Jackson County Detention Middle.
Authorities had launched an investigation into the boy’s disappearance over the weekend. The search included assist from the Nationwide Guard, and different native regulation enforcement.
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Cynthia Wallace, Spoonamore’s grandmother, stated James had simply began kindergarten.
“He was so joyful, he liked faculty and he even needed to go on the weekends,” she stated.
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