A South Carolina man has been arrested after he confessed to killing his five children and later dumping their bodies in garbage bags in rural Alabama, authorities said Tuesday. The father, who was detained on Saturday, reportedly led law enforcement officers to the bodies, ending a six-day search for the missing children.
Jones, 32, did not reveal a motive for the killings, which he confessed to authorities in Mississippi, Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton said.
“I’m a father of two, and I can’t imagine what goes through a man’s head when he does this,” Crumpton said. “It was a horrible, horrible crime.”
Jones had joint custody of the children with his ex-wife and was their primary legal custodian, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office said.
The 32-year-old father of five was already in custody in Raleigh, Mississippi, after being detained Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Police searched his car and found what appeared to be chemicals used to make crystal methamphetamine, as well as the presence of what appeared to be bleach, hydrochloric acid, blood and possible bodily fluids.
The children were found in a rural area in southwestern Alabama, about 50 miles southwest of Montgomery, Crumpton said.
Police said they had obtained an arrest warrant for Timothy Jones on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child, with additional more counts pending.