|Updated: 2/14/2012 4:55 pm
||Published: 2/08/2012 11:31 am
A Sand Springs man has been charged after the death of his six-month old son.
Jobe Lee Jones is charged with two counts of child neglect, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. According to the police report officers responded to Jones’ home around noon on last Tuesday.
Officers met Jones in the yard of the home with a friend. Officers went into the house and found the six-month old boy lying on the floor in the front room. Officers say the child’s shirt was open and there were signs of rigor mortis on his neck, chest and torso.
Jones told police he and his 15-month old daughter were sleeping side by side on the couch in the front room and the six-month old was sleeping at the other end of the couch between Jones’ legs. Jones said he covered all of them up with a comforter. Police said the house was only heated with space heaters. Police placed Jones’ 15-month old daughter in protective custody and she is being medically evaluated. Police arrested Jones on child neglect and drug charges.
Neighbors couldn't believe it.
"It hurts my soul, my heart, and my neighborhood when we hear anything like this," said Carrie Potts, who lives, right next door.
She has five children and ten grandchildren.
Potts says it’s difficult to even think about what happened right next door to her home.
"I had a grandson who was in my care at two months old and he RSV at the time four years ago, he quit breathing on me," she told FOX23.
It's a feeling she'll never forget. Potts prayed that her grandson would just breathe again.
"Thank God he's alive and very healthy today," she said.
But she felt those fears again Tuesday afternoon, when she saw emergency crews carrying the body of an infant out of her neighbor’s house.
"It was very, very sad. In fact, I immediately said a prayer and you just kind of gasp because you know what's going on," said Potter.
As mother, grandmother and concerned neighbor, Potter says her heart goes out to the family tonight.
"I don't know the situation. But I am just thankful. I believe the baby is in safer arms now," said Potter.
Police are awaiting the autopsy report from the medical examiner.