Troy man facing felony child abuse charges

Published 4:00 am Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Troy man is currently wanted on felony child abuse charges for the torture and willful abuse of a 5-year-old, according to reports from the Dale County Sheriff’s Department.

Phone calls to the Dale County Sheriff’s Department were not immediately returned on Wednesday, but Dale County Public Information Officer Mason Bynum told reporters that Johnny James Jones, 46, of Troy, is being charged with the torture and willful abuse of a child under 18 years of age by a responsible person.

According to reports, Dale County Sheriff Deputies and members of Ariton Fire and Rescue were dispatched Saturday, May 16, to an Ariton home concerning an unresponsive 5-year-old boy.



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According to reports, the boy was transported to the Dale Medical Center Emergency Room where he was found to have a blood alcohol content approximately four times the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Alabama, which is .08 percent for persons over the age of 21.

Warrants for Jones’ arrest have been turned over to U.S. Marshals, Bynum has said.

“Through the course of our investigation, our investigators discovered that the suspect and the juvenile attended a party at a nearby residence,” Bynum told reporters Tuesday. “During the party, witnesses stated that the suspect allowed the juvenile to consume a large quantity of alcohol.”

Bynum told reporters that once witnesses at the part noticed the child’s level of intoxication, Jones left and dropped the boy off at a neighbor’s house before fleeing the area.

It is currently thought that Jones is in the Troy area, St. Petersburg, Fla. or Panama City, Fla.

Those with information are being asked to contact local law enforcement agencies or the Dale County Sheriff’s Department at 334-774-2335.