Florida toddler goes missing after mother’s boyfriend leaves him in car to go snort cocaine

UPDATE 1/11/16 – Missing Lonzie Barton’s remains are believed to have been found after the boyfriend of the child’s mother, William Ebron led the police to a wooded area and remains were found in an area where trash was put.  The coroner made a postive identification.


UPDATE 1/5/16 –  Lonna Lauramore Barton entered two guilty pleas for child neglect and another charge, and could be called to testify against her boyfriend who was also arrested after Lonzie’s disappearance.



UPDATE 9/17/15 –  The parents of missing 21-month-old Lonzie Barton have been arrested on drug charges.  According to the police, Lonna Lauramore Barton, 25, and Chris Barton, 42, were doing drugs at a motel when Chris left with another man, the police pulled him over.  He was charged with selling drugs to an informant, and Lonna was arrested on drug charges. Lonna’s boyfriend William Ebron is still in jail on child neglect charges, after he allegedly left Lonzie in the car alone and he went missing.  Lonzie is still missing. Lonna is being held on $700,000 bail and Chris on 1.05 million bail. 


UPDATE 8/19/15 – The mother of missing Lonzie Barton was charged with child neglect and giving false information. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief Tom Hackeny told WFTV news that Lonna Lauramore was neglectful when she didn’t ask about a bruise on her son’s head. 

“She left Lonzie and her 5-year-old in the care, and custody, control of someone who may have done something to hurt the child, and then went to work at Wackos,” said Hackeny.

Also, authorities are stating that there were drugs in the home and Ebron sold them from the bedroom of the home and made deliveries taking Lonzie with him.

Lonna Barton


Police state that when Lonna was asked if she knew anything about her missing son and if she knew Ruben Ebron, she said she didn’t.  Later she admitted she lied.


UPDATE 7/25/15 – Ebron has been arrested on Friday and charged with child neglect and is now considered a suspect in Lonzie disappearance.  Although Ebron stated that someone took his car and Lonzie who was inside, surveillance video shows Ebron driving the car away with Lonzie inside and then running back to the apartment later. 

 

Information has come out that Lonzie is a cousin of Haleigh Cummings who disappeared in 2009.  Haleigh’s paternal great-grandmother says Lonzie is related on Haleigh’s mother side.  

Because of this connection, although distant, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will be joining together to see if there is any connection between the two cases. 

Misty Croslin the last person to see missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings, talked with the Orlando Sentinel in a candid video interview and she said that she believes that the reason Haleigh is missing is because someone took her.  Misty believes that Ron Cummings owed money to someone for drugs and they took Haleigh for ransom. 

Ebron is thought to have lied about the car theft and abduction of the toddler and was charged Friday night with child neglect and now considered a suspect in the disappearance of 21-year-old Lonzie Barton. 


Original Story – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An Amber Alert has been released for Lonzie Barton, 21-months-old, who has  reported missing from Jacksonville, Fla. early Friday morning.

 

Lonzie went missing after the car he was in was stolen.  Over the day the story has unfolded and authorities are now stating that Lonzie was in the car with his 5-year-old sister and William Ebron, Jr. who was to pick up their mother, Lonna Lauramore from work at Wacko’s Gentlemen’s Club at 2:30 a.m., reports First Coast news.  

 
Ebron told authorities before he went to pick Lonna up he went to the laundromat and put a load of clothes in.  He then drove back to the Ravenwood Apartments, located at 8030 South Old Kings Road, and left the children in a orange 1995 Honda Civic with the engine running and went inside to do some cocaine, reports Jacksonville.com.  
 
The 5-year-old appeared at the home a short time later and told Ebron that she was scared.  Ebron went outside and saw the car being driven away and Lonzie couldn’t be found. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car theft and abduction around 2:20 a.m. Friday.
 
 The car was located about 15 to 20 minutes later in the 8100 block of Cesperdes Avenue  There was no carseat in the car and it is unclear whether Lonzie was in a car seat or not.   
 
Detectives found video from 12:33 a.m. Friday which shows Ebron going into a Kangaroo gas station at Baymeadows and Old Kings Road.
 
On Friday, Ebron was arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect, according to the Duval County jail.  
 
Lonna Lauramore has filed several  domestic violence injunction against Ebron. Ebron was to not have contact with her or her chidden according to the courts, but they were found to be living together.  
 
Lonzie is 2-feet 6-inches tall and weighs 20 pounds. He was last seen wearing only a diaper, according to police.


Police are asking that if anyone remembered seen the orange HONDA on Friday to please let the police know.  
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