A 5-year-old boy found dead after helplessly watching as his mother was beaten by the man, the man also bound and then thrown the lady off a cliff at this weekend. The woman managed to survive, two hikers found her and called the police. After two days of hours long search, the dead body of her child was found near the place where the mother was left for dead.
The cause and the manner of boy’s death remain unclear, according to the Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders. Jessica Durham was taken to the hospital in Lexington where she is receiving medical care. Police arrested the 41-year-old Lonnie Belt, he has been charged with multiple charges including kidnapping, with assault and tampering with evidence.
The Police Commissioner said that several the charges are still pending. The autopsy report of the kid will be available after two days. Durham and Belt were not strangers, they are acquaintances, they were not having an affair.
According to the police report, both were having some disputed due to some money related issue. They got into a fight in which Belt “hit her on the head, tied her up and took her to the cliff where he assaulted her again.”
The police report states, “James was with Jessica when he took her to the cliff and assaulted her.”
On Saturday morning, two hikers found Durham and alerted the police, she was discovered at 80-foot embankment’s bottom.
Sanders said, the boy’s body was found around 65 miles southeast of Lexington. He was discovered at 9:31 AM in Jackson County.
Durham and her family are in deep shock after the incident. Durham’s sister, Mary Batson said, “Honestly, it’s been hell. That’s the only way to describe it.”
Durham’s mother, Cynthia Wallace said, “He was so happy, he loved school and he even wanted to go on the weekends.”
“It’s hard. It hurts. I just went through a hurricane and all of this here on top of me, I’m just hurt,” Wallace said.