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Cops: SC Dad Killed His 5 Kids

Timothy Ray Jones led police to bodies in garbage bags
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2014 12:01 AM CDT
Cops: SC Dad Killed His 5 Kids
This Sunday, Sept. 6, 2014 photo made available by the Smith County Sheriff's Office shows Timothy Ray Jones Jr.    (AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Grim news from the South: Police in Mississippi say a South Carolina man has confessed to murdering his five young children, who were found in individual garbage bags buried near a highway in Alabama. Timothy Ray Jones, who had primary custody of the three boys and two girls ages 1 to 8, was arrested at a traffic stop in Mississippi Saturday night, and police say they found meth ingredients and synthetic marijuana in his car, along with "what appeared to be bleach, muriatic acid, blood, and possible body fluids," the State reports. Police say the 32-year-old led them to the bodies.

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The children were reported missing last week when their mother, who is divorced from Jones, called authorities after being unable to contact him. Authorities plan to bring him back to Lexington County, SC, where they believe the children were killed, to face charges. "I'm a father of two, and I can't imagine what goes through a man's head when he does this. It was a horrible, horrible crime," the sheriff of Smith County, Miss., tells the Clarion-Ledger. "As tragic as it is, and it's terribly tragic, at least it didn't last long. We had to get some closure for their mother." (Read more Timothy Ray Jones stories.)

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