Ebron later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is serving 20 years in prison. He’s scheduled for release in 2039.
Lonna Barton pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison. She’s set to be released in 2026.
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.
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.
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.