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PostSubject: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:36 pm



JONATHAN FOSTER, Age 12, Missing: 12/24/2010.

Missing From HOUSTON, TX.

Last seen in the area of N. Shepherd & 43rd on December 24, 2010 @ about 1:45 p.m.

Jonathan has a very visible overbite.

He was last known to be wearing a tan colored t-shirt with musical notes and a guitar printed on it.

He was also wearing blue jeans and black & white tennis shoes with a red stripe.

If you have seen Jonathan, have information … or know of his whereabouts, please contact the Houston Police Department at (713) 731-5223, or

1-713-884-3131.

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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:51 pm

Coverage:
Click links below to see news coverage of this story.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7866784

http://www.khou.com/news/local/Authorities-search-for-missing-12-year-old-Houston-boy-112505914.html

http://www.click2houston.com/news/26291558/detail.html

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7355330.html


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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:52 pm

Search for missing 12-year-old Houston boy grows more desperate


HOUSTON—The search for a missing 12-year-old Houston boy grew more desperate Monday afternoon as volunteers combed the woods near train tracks in a northwest Houston neighborhood.

Authorities said Jonathon Foster vanished from his Garden Oaks home sometime on Christmas Eve.

"Please hold on because we’re doing the best to find you," said Mary Gifford, the missing boy’s grandmother.

Foster was last seen by his stepfather around 1:45 p.m. Friday. A few minutes later, his mother received a mysterious phone call at work.

"Someone called and said it was an emergency," said Gifford. "But by the time she picked up the phone, no one was there."

Volunteers from Texas Equusearch searched through the woods Monday near the railroad tracks at T.C. Jester and 43rd Street.

Foster suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder and, according to his grandmother, gets easily confused.

"That’s why we want him home safe," she said.

Volunteers planned to search until dusk Monday evening and were expected to resume Tuesday morning.

http://www.khou.com/news/local/Authorities-search-for-missing-12-year-old-Houston-boy-112505914.html

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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:52 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:23 am


Subject: URGENT MISSING: JONATHAN FOSTER, Age 12, TEXAS (Since December 24, 2010)

Jonathan Foster Missing - The parents of Jonathan Foster, a 12-year-old boy who disappeared in Texas on Christmas Eve, are being questioned by police on Tuesday. Police have impounded the couple’s car.

Jonathan Foster lives with his mother and step father in Houston at the Villa Nueva Apartments.

Police found a burned child’s body in Harris County Tuesday morning that has yet to be unidentified. Police say the body is too badly burned to be identified yet.

Police say a passerby discovered the body at 9:28 a.m. near East Hardy Toll Road. Officials say the body was about 3 feet tall and found in a shallow ditch between two buildings. Police believe the body was burned elsewhere and dumped here.




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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:26 am

Amber Alert

Missing From: Houston, TX
Missing Date: December 24, 2010
Issued for: Texas: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, Wharton
Contact: If you have information, please contact Houston Police Department, 713-308-3600
Circumstances: The missing 12 year-old male, Jonathan Foster, was last seen December 24th at 1:45 pm in Houston, Texas. The missing juvenile may be in the company of an adult female with a raspy voice.
Missing Child
Name: Jonathan Foster
Alias:
Hair Color: Short red Eye Color: Blue
Skin Color: White (European) Age: 12 YO
Height: 100LBS Weight: 4FT8 to 5FT0
Gender: Male
Description: The child's date of birth is 11/9/1998. He has short red hair above his ears and an overbite. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tan shirt with a picture of a guitar, white sneakers with red stripe, and a zip-cup grey hoodie type jacket.

Suspect
Name: Unknown Unknown
Alias:
Hair Color: Eye Color:
Skin Color: Age: Adult
Height: Weight:
Gender: Female
Description: The suspect has a raspy voice.

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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:27 am

Amber Alert Issued For Missing Boy

Texas EquuSearch Looking For Jonathan Foster
POSTED: December 27, 2010

http://www.click2houston.com/video/26292747/index.html

HOUSTON -- An Amber Alert was issued Monday for a 12-year-old boy who has been missing since Christmas Eve.
Jonathan Foster was last seen at his family's apartment in the area of North Shepherd Drive and 43rd Street at about 1:45 p.m. on Friday.
Police said that he might be in the company of an adult woman with a raspy voice.
Jonathan's mother said he had been staying at a baby sitter's home a few doors down from where the family lived. He went home to get a video game but never returned to the baby sitter's home.
"He was supposed to run home, go get it and go back to the baby sitter's," mother Angela Davis said.
His family said he was looking forward to opening his Christmas presents and did well in school.
Texas EquuSearch volunteers are searching the area for any sign of Jonathan. They're concentrating their search in wooded areas.
Jonathan is white with a fair complexion, 4 feet 7 inches tall and 85 pounds with sandy blond hair and a very visible overbite.
He was last seen wearing a tan T-shirt with musical notes and a guitar printed on it, blue jeans and black and white tennis shoes with a red stripe.
Anyone with information about Jonathan's whereabouts is asked to call Houston police at 713-731-5223 or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.

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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:07 pm

Police INVESTIGATING
Burned BODY of YOUNG CHILD FOUND in Northeast Houston,Texas
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7356276.html

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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:23 pm

Burned Body Found in Texas Might Be That of Missing Fifth-Grader Jonathan Foster
Jonathan Was Last Seen on Christmas Eve in the Home He Shared With His Mother
The grandmother of the fifth-grader who has been missing since Christmas Eve still holds out hope that the burned body found by Texas authorities Tuesday is not her grandson.

Gifford told ABC News that the ordeal has been "like a roller coaster" and that she still prays for the safe return of Jonathan, who was last seen Dec. 24 at the Houston home he shared with his mother, Angela Davis, and his stepfather, David Davis.

"My gut feeling is mixed," said Gifford. "Sometimes I think that something has happened to him, and he's not coming back, and other times I think he's safe and he's coming home."

Houston Police Department authorities have said that they suspect foul play in Jonathan's disappearance, but they have yet to make any arrests in the case.

The body, which was found five miles from Jonathan Foster's home, has yet to be identified.

"The body ... is that of a child, but it was so badly burned that we can't determine the gender or identification," said Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith. "The Medical Examiner's office has that unfortunate task to determine, and until that happens, we are treating these two incidents as separate cases.

"We are still running leads down on Jonathan Foster, and we'd very much like to find him alive," he said.

Calls made to to the Houston Medical Examiner's office were not immediately returned.

Gifford said she knows something must have happened to her grandson, because he would never run away from his mother, whom he had just started living with again last month. According to Gifford, Jonathan had been counting down the days when he would be reunited with his mother, who was "getting her stuff together" after "going through some things."

Jonathan is believed to have been last seen Christmas Eve day at 1:45 p.m. by his stepfather, but a disturbing phone call between the child and his mother has Gifford and authorities worried.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/burned-body-missing-grader-jonathan-foster/story?id=12500167

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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:27 pm

Jonathan Foster Missing, Woman to be Arrested
HOUSTON (LALATE) – Jonathan Foster still remains missing but a woman is expected to be charged with his disappearance today. Jonathan Foster has been missing since Christmas Eve but sources Wednesday indicate police have one, if not two, suspects they will charge in the 12 year old’s disappearance.


Police say they have in custody a female who is not related to Foster but is an acquaintance of Foster’s stepfather. Another male is being sought Wednesday. The female has yet to be identified. But police say she is not been cooperative. Sources claim the female will be charged. Police would not explain why they have not asked the public’s assistance in located the male for questioning.


Foster’s stepfather last saw Jonathan Foster alive shortly before 2 pm Christmas Eve. Foster’s mother reported him missing roughly seven hours later. An Amber Alert was issued Monday.


Police have spoken to Foster’s mother, stepfather and his babysitter. None have been arrested. But the couple’s older Mercedes was towed away by police investigators earlier this week. If you have any information, contact HPD at 713-731-5223.

http://news.lalate.com/2010/12/29/jonathan-foster-missing-woman-to-be-arrested/

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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:30 pm



JONATHAN FOSTER, Age 12, Missing: 12/24/2010.


Woman charged with capital murder in case of missing boy
By LINDSAY WISE and SUSAN CARROLL
Copyright 2010 HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Dec. 29, 2010, 7:48PM

A family acquaintance has been charged with capital murder in the death of 12-year-old Jonathan Foster.

Mona Yvette Nelson, 44, was arrested Wednesday morning at her home, police said.

A break in the case came Nelson’s truck was spotted on surveillance video taken from an office building near the culvert where a body believed to be Jonathan’s was found in the 9900 block of East Hardy on Tuesday.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has yet to identify the badly burned body as Jonathan’s, who disappeared before 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, but the police investigators say they’re convinced the body is his.

Police questioned Jonathan's mother and stepfather, Angela and David Davis, overnight Monday and spent hours sorting through conflicting statements from family members, neighbors and friends to establish a timeline for Jonathan's disappearance on Christmas Eve, investigators said

Angela Davis crumpled into a couch this afternoon in the small cottage in northwest Houston where her son was last seen alive, pulling her pajama-clad knees to her chest.

"I feel responsible because I left him here," she said, crying and staring blankly at the front door. "I’m his Mama. I’m supposed to protect him. Who else is going to protect him if I can’t?"

Late today, Davis knew little officially about the fate of her son, who disappeared before 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. Police had found the body of a child in a culvert a few miles to the east of the little cottage, but the medical examiner had not officially identified the badly burned body as Jonathan’s.

Angela Davis also knew that police had a suspect in custody, who she’d met only once before, on the night of Jonathan’s disappearance, she said.

The woman was friends with her roommate and Jonathan’s frequent babysitter, Sharon Ennamorato.

Angela Davis said she couldn’t figure out any reason why anyone would want to hurt her fair-haired boy.

She said Jonathan's stepfather had passed a polygraph about the disappearance. "I do not believe he had anything to do with my son’s abduction," she said.

But she lashed out at HPD. "They didn’t respond fast enough," she said. "To me, they acted like they didn’t care."

Angela Davis said the family was told it was possible that Jonathan had run away, and that was why authorities hadn’t issued an Amber Alert sooner.

Ennamorato shook her head, asking why a kid would run away on Christmas Eve?

Hopes faded Tuesday that Jonathan — a red-headed fifth-grader at Durham Elementary who loves baseball and tree-climbing - will be found alive.

Pending the official notification from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Jonathan's family has been prepared for the possibility that the body in the ditch is his, and all indications are that it is, a police source said.

The badly burned body was found half-stuffed inside a culvert outside Rolled Alloys offices at East Hardy and Schilder Drive.

No signs of a fire were near the culvert, indicating that the child had been burned elsewhere and his body taken to the culvert.

"The finding of the body kind of confirmed our worst fears," said Sgt. Brian Harris of Houston Police Department's homicide division.

Was not with babysitter

Initial reports that Jonathan had disappeared after running home from a babysitter's house to retrieve a video game turned out to be false, Harris said. The boy's mother eventually admitted that Jonathan was not in the care of a babysitter when he disappeared, he said.

"There was some shame and embarrassment about leaving a kid home alone, but it's not unusual for a 12-year-old to be home alone," Harris said.

Jonathan, who used to live with his grandmother, had moved in with his mother and stepfather at the Villa Nueva apartment complex in the 800 block of Oak in November, the sergeant said.

In mid-December, Jonathan and his mother moved to a nearby apartment after "mom had some troubles with the stepdad," Harris said.

The stepfather reportedly is the last known person to see Jonathan, he said.

Amber Alert intentionally delayed

A few minutes later, the mother arrived home, Harris said. Jonathan was gone, and the cordless phone was missing, he said.

Within an hour, relatives called police, Harris said.

"Patrol responds by like 3:30 p.m. and they're there from 3:30 to 4:15 or so," Harris said.

The family was told to go to HPD's station on Mykawa Road to file an official missing child report with the juvenile division. Officers there entered details about Jonathan into the national crime information center database about 9:30 p.m., Harris said

He explained that the decision to hold off issuing an Amber Alert for Jonathan until Tuesday evening was a deliberate strategy by investigators.

Police knew that without a vehicle type or suspect description, a vague alert would generate a flood of information, some of it potentially useful, but much of it simply overwhelming, he said.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7356276.html


Suspect Arrested In Boy's Disappearance
Dec. 29, 2010: Police are interviewing a woman they believe is directly connected to the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy. Jennifer Bauer reports.


http://www.click2houston.com/video/26312243/index.html

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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:24 am

Child's burned body found
The remains were identified as missing boy Jonathan Foster.
A family acquaintance has been charged with capital murder in the death of 12-year-old Jonathan Foster, a Houston boy who police say was kidnapped from his home on Christmas Eve before being killed, badly burned and dumped in a ditch.

Mona Yvette Nelson, 44, was arrested Wednesday morning at her home.

"Mona Nelson has made what investigators call a self-serving statement, which places her with Jonathan. However, she has not admitted to killing him," said HPD spokesman Kese Smith. "She is the only suspect."

Jonathan disappeared before 2 p.m. on Friday. Smith said the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences late Wednesday identified a body found in a culvert Tuesday near East Hardy and Schilder Drive as Jonathan's. No signs of a fire were near his body, indicating he had been burned elsewhere.

A break in the case came when Nelson's Ford F-150 truck was spotted on surveillance video taken from an office building near the culvert.

Investigators spent hours Wednesday questioning Nelson. They believe she took Jonathan to her home near U.S. 59 and Laura Koppe, where she likely killed him and burned his body, said HPD homicide investigator Mike Miller.

He said a search of Nelson's house turned up an "incredible amount of evidence" that points to Nelson as the killer, but investigators are still trying to discern her motive.

"That's the million-dollar question," Miller said.

Had spent time in prison
In 1984, Nelson was charged with aggravated robbery and later pleaded guilty in exchange for 10 years' probation, court records show. In 1991, her probation was revoked and she was sent to prison. It was unclear from court documents late Wednesday how she violated probation or how long she spent behind bars.

Jonathan's mother, Angela Davis, crumpled into a couch Wednesday afternoon in the small cottage in northwest Houston where her son was last seen alive.

"I feel responsible because I left him here," she said, crying and staring blankly at the front door. "I'm his mama. I'm supposed to protect him."

She knew little about the fate of her son, nicknamed J.P. for Jonathan Paul, and sometimes called "Frog" by his aunt for the stick-skinny legs he had as a newborn.

She did know that police had a woman in custody, someone she said she'd met only once, on the night of Jonathan's disappearance.

Nelson was friends with her roommate and Jonathan's frequent babysitter, Sharon Ennamorato. Ennamorato described Nelson as a friend who used to work in maintenance at an apartment complex across the street.

On Friday morning, both Davis and Ennamorato had to work, and Jonathan was going to stay home alone until his mom could make it home, around 1 or 2 p.m. They said they left Jonathan with specific instructions: He was not to leave the house, which is nestled next to an apartment complex on Oak Street in northwest Houston. If he had any problems, he should run next door and tell his neighbor.

Davis had moved into the little cottage with Ennamorato on Dec. 14, after she and Jonathan's stepfather, David Davis, split up. She said he had gotten angry and slapped the boy. Davis considered taking Jonathan to her mother's house, she said, but she didn't want to uproot him when he'd just started classes at Durham Elementary School in November.

That morning at work, a colleague told Davis her son had called the office, and had asked for Ennamorato's number. She was only told about the call after the fact, she said.

Then a woman called back, saying it was an emergency. By the time Davis made it to the phone, she said, the line was dead.

Concerned, Davis called the house phone again and again as she drove to the cottage, she said. Someone picked up just minutes before she pulled up around 2 p.m.

A woman answered, she said, and Davis identified herself and asked to speak her son. She heard a woman say: "Is your mama's name Angela?" she said.

And she heard Jonathan say: "Yes ma'am, my mama's name is Angela." And then the phone went dead.

When she opened the door moments later, cartoons were still on the TV, and a game was up on the computer screen. A can of Tootsie rolls sat on the computer desk.

"I hollered, 'Jonathan, mama's home! Where are you?'" There was no answer.

"The only thing missing in this house is his tan T-shirt with a guitar on it, a pair of jeans, his white sneakers and his black stuffed cat that my grandmother made him," Davis said. "There was no struggle."

That night, she said, Nelson stopped by the house. She told Davis she had come to the house that morning looking for Ennamorato, and that Jonathan had answered the door wearing no shirt, and it seemed like someone was in the house with him.

'A gift from God'
Davis said she's not pretending to be a perfect parent. When felt her life spiraling out of control years ago, she sent her children to live with relatives.

"He hasn't seen his father since he was 4 years old," she said. "When he was 6, his father told him on the phone that he was a problem in his life and he didn't want nothing to do with him."

She calls him a twice-born child, because his heart had stopped when she was pregnant with him, and the doctors thought he'd died. But they picked up the heartbeat, and he was born a healthy little boy.

"That's why his name is Jonathan, which means a gift from God," she said. "I don't know how God could give me that gift, and then take him from me."

Reporter Brian Rogers contributed.

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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:39 am

Woman Faces Murder Charge In Foster Case
Medical Examiner Confirms Burned Body Is Missing Boy
http://www.click2houston.com/news/26308627/detail.html

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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:53 am

Missing Boy's Body Identified, Woman Charged with Capital Murder
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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:42 am

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Jonathan Paul Foster , age 12, of Houston passed away December 24, 2010. He was born on November 9th 1998 to Angela Davis and Richard Foster in Corsicana, TX.
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PostSubject: Re: Jonathan Foster (12) R.I.P.   Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:39 am

Is Mona a monster?


Her supporters say she is innocent while police call her soulless, but what no one can unravel is the suspect’s possible motive in the incomprehensible death of a 12-year-old boy


By TERRI LANGFORD and SUSAN CARROLL
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Jan. 17, 2011

Mona Nelson was a friend of Jonathan Foster's mother’s roommate.

Hours after Christmas Day dinner at her sister's Third Ward apartment, Mona Yvette Nelson, a nomadic 44-year-old maintenance worker, was jolted by a TV news report detailing the disappearance of 12-year-old Jonathan Foster from a ramshackle Garden Oaks enclave.

"I know those people," she reportedly told her sister, Angie Johnson, 62, after watching Jonathan's mother, Angela Davis, plead for help in finding her son.

Four days later, Nelson found herself in a Harris County jail cell, charged in the boy's slaying as veteran homicide detectives with uncharacteristic candor painted her a monster.

"She is a cold, soulless murderer who showed an absolute lack of remorse in taking the life of Jonathan Foster," said Michael Miller, the lead homicide detective on the case for the Houston Police Department.

With that, the evil that had visited the impoverished pocket of Garden Oaks on Christmas Eve had a face, and a nickname that went viral on the Internet: "Mona the Monster."

Since her arrest, a much more nuanced picture of Nelson — the daughter of a retired schoolteacher and deceased mortician - has emerged. There are hints of the alleged monster. Her Face­book page described an affinity for the movie Saw. Her boxing nickname was "Iron Fist." But those details are troubling only when taken in the context of Jonathan's grisly death.

Nelson's family, her defenders, paint her as a patsy who dumped what she thought was a bag of trash at someone else's request. She's a mother, a grandmother of five. Doing this, to a boy the age of one her own grand­babies?

No way, they say.

"She is not a monster," insisted her mother, Mary Lee Preston, of Mount Pleasant.

Whether Nelson is the cold-blooded killer, the raspy voice overheard in Jonathan's last phone call to his mother, remains to be seen. She has been charged with capital murder and kidnapping but has admitted only to dumping the boy's body, saying she thought it was "garbage."
Possible accomplice?



The key piece of the puzzle in the case - the motive - is elusive, or at least still a well-guarded secret. And then there's this: If Nelson didn't do it, she must know who did. She must know the Monster.

Somewhere along the six miles between the rundown apartment where the boy had lived with his mother and the weedy ditch near the Hardy Toll Road where his scorched body was dumped lie the vexing and scant details.

"This is the only person (Nelson) we have evidence on for the murder," Assistant District Attorney Connie Spence told the Houston Chronicle when asked if it was possible there was an accomplice.

At first, the Foster case seemed unbelievably random. A boy spending Christmas Eve day at home - alone while his mother worked - playing computer games, watching cartoons. Neither police nor anyone who knows her have an explanation for why Nelson might have killed Jonathan.

Interviews with family and friends who saw her in the days after the boy disappeared say Nelson was not nervous.

She was, though, worried about money.

"I asked if she was coming home (for Christmas)," said Preston, Nelson's 79-year-old mother. "She said, 'I don't know. I'm trying to save up money to buy something for my truck.' "

The day after Christmas, Nelson received a $20 pay advance from her boss so she could fill her truck with gas. Nelson's adult daughter, who also lives in Mount Pleasant with her five children, said Nelson was strapped for cash.

"The Tuesday after Christmas, she called, checking up," said Ava Nelson, 27. "She said she couldn't come up there because she didn't have any money."
Caught on video



The biggest break in the case for police came after the missing boy was found dead.

Security video in the area shows Nelson getting out of her silver pickup and placing what was later determined to be Jonathan's body in a culvert at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, about four hours after he was last seen.

Traction on Jonathan's disappearance was hampered initially because of conflicting stories from Jonathan's family. His mother, Angela Davis, who once struggled with drug addiction, first told police the boy was left in the care of her roommate, when he actually was home alone.

On Dec. 14, some 10 days before Jonathan disappeared, Davis and her son moved out of the Villa Nueva apartment complex on Oak Street where they had shared a home with David Davis, her husband and Jonathan's stepfather.

Davis said her husband had hit the boy. With Jonathan in tow, she moved to a dumpy duplex next door with her friend Sharon Ennamorato, whom Jonathan called "Aunt Sharon."

According to interviews, David Davis dropped by the apartment at 1:45 p.m. Christmas Eve to check on the boy and found him playing games on the computer.

Enter Mona Nelson, who allegedly came to the house some time later looking for Ennamorato. Instead, she found Jonathan, who called his mom at work, supposedly at Nelson's behest, and talked to a co-worker, saying he needed to get "Aunt Sharon's" phone number.

Angela Davis called her son back moments later. A "raspy-voiced woman" answered. Davis told the woman she was Jonathan's mother, and the woman asked Jonathan: "Is Angela your mother?"

"Yes ma'am, Angela's my mother," he reportedly said.

The phone went dead.

And Jonathan was gone.

Since the killing, Ennamorato has been evicted from the duplex she shared with Angela Davis and Jonathan. She appears to be the only person who connected Nelson to Jonathan and his mother and stepfather, police say.

Police believe Nelson knew Ennamorato well before Jonathan and his mother arrived on Ennamorato's doorstep. Ennamorato, who had a felony drug record, said she met Nelson when Ennamorato was living in the Tiffany Oaks Apartments on Oak Street, where Nelson worked in maintenance.

Angela Davis says she never met Nelson until she showed up at the duplex about 7 p.m. Christmas Eve - an hour or so after she was captured on video dumping the body. Nelson reportedly offered to look for Jonathan, saying she had stopped by earlier in the day, before he disappeared, looking for Ennamorato. She said he answered the door shirtless, and she suspected someone else was in the house.
Started on good path



Mona Yvette Nelson was the ninth child, the youngest, born to Mary Preston, a longtime elementary school teacher in Houston's Third Ward. The man Nelson called her father, mortician James Russo, never married her mother. Though Preston said Russo was part of Nelson's life, Russo's grown children said they never heard of Nelson until a year and a half ago, when she turned up at the family's mortuary claiming to be kin.

Nelson started out on a good path, Preston said. She was a tomboy who loved sports and volunteered at the MLK Community Center as a teenager. At 15, she met her future husband, Mike Nelson, a construction worker. At age 16, Nelson was a pregnant high school dropout. Two months after they married in 1983, she had twins, a boy and a girl, born three months early.

By the time Nelson was 19, she was in serious trouble. She was arrested in the aggravated robbery of a barbecue restaurant. She told police a man forced her to do it, that she feared he was going to hurt her if she didn't. Nelson pleaded no contest in 1985 and was given 10 years of deferred adjudication, which would revert to prison time if she committed another crime.

"Oh, my God, that almost killed me," Preston said of her daughter's arrest.

But Nelson was just getting started.
Some time in the ring



Four years later, in 1989, she was caught by federal officials driving Mexican nationals through the Sarita, Texas, checkpoint, for $600 per person. Her federal arrest resulted in her return to prison because of her robbery case.

For the next 20 years, Nelson would be arrested in nearly a dozen more minor incidents ranging from criminal mischief and theft by check to operating a stolen vehicle and marijuana possession.

Nelson divorced, and her children lived with their father. She began a relationship with another woman, Danita Morris, and they lived together as a couple for about 10 years, raising Morris' young children in East Texas.

Nelson was arrested in 2001, accused of assaulting Morris and three neighborhood children she was baby-sitting, but Morris dropped the charges.

"She's always been there for me and my kids no matter what," said Morris. "She's not what they're claiming her to be."

At nearly 5-foot-11, weighing more than 225 pounds and with crewcut hair, Nelson is an imposing figure who failed on the women's boxing circuit. After winning her debut bout in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1997, she went on to lose three more matches in 2003, 2004 and 2006. According to her Texas boxing license, which expired last year, she chose the nickname "Iron Fist."

Nelson's daughter, Ava Nelson, declined to press charges against her mother after Mount Pleasant police found her with a blackened eye and a bloody face in 2008.

"It was a misunderstanding," Ava Nelson said this week, adding that despite her mother's faults, she is a good person.

"This is the lady who helped me raise my kids."

For the past year, Nelson had worked as a handyman for a management company that took care of odd jobs at various apartment complexes, including the Tiffany Oaks Apartments, just across the street from the duplex where Jonathan and his mom lived with Ennamorato.

Nelson was paid by the job but was on call around the clock. Also a welder, she collected scrap metal at the various apartment properties and was allowed to keep half of what she could get for it.

About three months ago, Nelson moved into a garage apartment near the Hardy Toll Road, about 10 minutes from the ditch where Jonathan's body was found. Still, she hung out on Oak Street when she didn't have a job to do.
Alibi offered, but . . .



Maintenance worker Frank Nickles, 47, said on Christmas Eve he was hanging out with Nelson, drinking beer outside his Tiffany Oaks apartment from about 10:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. - and she didn't leave during that time. But that conflicts with what witnesses told police.

Except for Nelson, "everyone else in the case is accounted for," said HPD's Miller.

Early reports cast suspicion on Jonathan's stepfather, but he is captured on security video at a nearby bar, the Catty Corner Ice House on Wakefield. "His time is accounted for," Miller said.

At the time of Nelson's arrest, Quanell X, an advocate for people accused of crimes, asserted that Nelson was innocent of the crime, and a drug debt was at the heart of the boy's disappearance and killing.

Miller scoffed at the suggestion: "We don't have any evidence of that at all. I've never had a case where an individual who owed up money had their child killed. That's a fantasy."

Police said a "wealth of evidence" shows Jonathan was burned at Nelson's apartment.

They reported finding burned carpet and twine like the kind used to tie Jonathan's hands at Nelson's apartment, along with welding equipment they believe she used to burn the body postmortem.

A skilled welder, Nelson owned torches, but nothing inside her apartment was burned, her landlord, Gary Arnold said, noting that it had tile floors.

On whether Nelson has given them the name of an accomplice, Spence added, "We're not saying."

The day after she interred her son's ashes, Davis called Jonathan's accused killer "cold."

"God will punish her," she said.

Surprisingly, Davis also offered her absolution.

"I forgive her," she said, explaining that she could afford to because Jonathan is now free from harm. "My son's safe. He's not hurting."



http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7384333.html

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