Johnathan Ramsey, Missing 11-Year-Old, Presumed Dead; Dad, Step-Mom Arrested as Police Search for Body (Updated)

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Via WFAA
Aaron and Elizabeth Ramsey.
Update, April 1: If you've read this morning's paper, you know this story is even more disturbing than initially thought. Update after the original:

Original item, Saturday, March 31: It was only yesterday that Edward Ramsey called Dallas police, concerned about the whereabouts of his 11-year-old grandson, Johnathan Ramsey. But by this afternoon, the Dallas Police Department says, its detectives had already determined that the boy was dead and arrested the boy's dad and step-mom for causing injury to a child, a felony.

According to a brief police statement sent to media this afternoon, investigators are searching an area in Ellis County for the boy's remains. Aaron Ramsey, 34, and his 31-year-old wife, Elizabeth Ramsey, gave conflicting statements to detectives about the boy's whereabouts, DPD says. WFAA reports that the boy's father told detectives that he dumped the boy's body a year ago.

Fox4 reports that the boy's grandfather told police he hadn't seen the boy in nine months or longer. His biological mother lives out of state, and police have spoken with her.

Records show that the couple lives in this home near Greenville Avenue and Royal Lane in northeast Dallas:

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Update, April 1: The News tracked down records that detail the story the boy's parents told detectives -- the story that sent the search to Ellis County. It's disturbing, to the say the least. Here's the gist:

Aaron Ramsey told police that Johnathan began behaving violently early last year. He said the boy's behavior escalated until he punched his stepmother in the stomach, causing Elizabeth, who was pregnant with triplets, to have a miscarriage. He told detectives that he hit the boy in the chest, and then decided to lock him in a bedroom.

From that point, the boy apparently never escaped the bedroom.

Aaron Ramsey told police that the boy was fed only bread, water and sometimes milk. He said Johnathan slowly withered from 90 pounds to 60 pounds from March to August last year. He told detectives that he saw the boy "eat his own feces," according to police records.

When the boy finally died, Aaron Ramsey told police, he slipped his son into a sleeping bag and dumped the body. Read the full story for more. Or, if you want to preserve your Sunday, don't.

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mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

I am furious and disgusted that this could happen here, when there's all sorts of counseling opportunities they surely could have taken advantage of if they thought the boy was out of control, or thought they were losing control in response. This is the parents' failure.

I can't believe we still don't have better tracking in the educational system to ensure that if a kid is taken out of a local school (he was supposedly withdrawn under the pretext of moving), someone makes sure he gets enrolled in another. This is a systemic failure. We could fix this, if we cared and dared.

Finally, I'm saddened that people in the community either don't know neighbors well enough to notice when a child disappears from a family, or don't care enough to ask questions or call CPS with their suspicions. This is the community's failure, and is possibly the worst part of it all: if we don't share some basic level of concern for those around us, we are hardly civilized.

lklphotogirl
lklphotogirl

Why isn"t anyone concerned that Mom did not call or get visitation??

Fawn Henderson
Fawn Henderson

I totally agree about the school system.  As far as the neighbors, just like they lied about moving, they could've easily said he went back to live with his mother or with another relative.  Nobody would probably be that concerned.

This story REALLY bothers me b/c I went to school with Elizabeth.  I never would've thought she'd be the type to allow this to take place.  They have plenty of pics on FB with all of their pets.  I'm always so caught off guard when I see people treat animals so much better than another human being.

Elizabeth and Arron are DISGUSTING!

Steve
Steve

So we're using present-day pics of these people, not baby pictures like Trayvon??

Asiansilkdoll
Asiansilkdoll

Ur so dumb. What was ur point exactly? Whether they show baby pics or current photos, the point remains trayvon was walking in his neighborhood minding his own business. Get a life troll.

Daniel
Daniel

Yeah, that's it, Steve. The liberal media hates this couple because they're white. Genius.

jamal
jamal

 What a ridiculous place to promote a completely fucking unrelated agenda.

HEY YOU, IN THE BACK
HEY YOU, IN THE BACK

Remind me again why so many think it's wrong for gay couples to adopt..

Daniel
Daniel

Yeah, that's it, HYITB. This couple abused and in fact murdered their child with surpassing vileness because they're heterosexual. Genius. 

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I'm confused, gay people wanted to adopt him and the parents said no? I didn't get that in the story.

just sayin
just sayin

I understand the point you are trying to make, however, i do not think you succeeded for a number of reasons that do not merit elaboration.

Matthew Haag
Matthew Haag

Joe, the Street View photo you posted is actually of the house across the street from where they lived. The correct house is here: http://g.co/maps/22vgd

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Well, shit, you're right. Turns out zooming in to see the address is considerably less useful if you have the address wrong to begin with. It's fixed. Thanks, Matt.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

This makes me sick...Theres a special place in hell for folks like this...

Larry
Larry

 Some of that legendary, 'Southern Hospitality'.

lock these 2 in a phone booth with knives.  PayPerView it.  put the money in a battered children fund.

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