Boy Found in Mom's Car Had Likely Been Dead 10 Years

Tonya Slaton charged with murdering son between 2004 and 2005
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2016 3:40 PM CST
Boy Found in Mom's Car Had Likely Been Dead 10 Years
Tonya Slaton   (Virginia State Police)

The body of Quincy Davis, who went missing as a teenager in 2004, was found in the trunk of his mother's car in Virginia—and authorities say Davis had likely been dead much of that time. His mother, Tonya Slaton, has been charged with murdering her son sometime between July 24, 2004, and July 24, 2005. The medical examiner's office has not determined how he died, the Virginian-Pilot reports, but the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the office says the cause is "inconsistent with natural death."

Slaton, now 44, was convicted of assaulting her son in 1997, when he was 6, but did not serve any time in jail. She was also charged with domestic assault and battery in 2002, but it's not clear whether she was convicted or who the alleged victim was. Davis' friends stopped seeing him after seventh grade. He would have entered eighth grade in September 2003, but he was withdrawn from school in Virginia Beach at that time. He was last seen in "about" 2004, per WTVR, but was never reported missing. In 2008, his mother was convicted of shooting at her boyfriend, and she did go to prison after that incident, when her son would have been 17. His name is not included in any of the public documents from that court case. (An Arizona mother received a life sentence for killing her two children.)

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