Below is a timeline. Feedback welcome. The section with the phone calls is a bit messy due to varying accounts. If giving feedback (e.g. corrections) please snip due to length.
January 2nd Revisions:
· Added reference in December 24th section for window JF went missing in, as given by SE (provided by Patty G)
· Revised entry in December 24th section regarding the last time JF was seen (leveraged from LE at press conference)
· Added reference in December 25th section for MN’s Facebook comment (provided by JenRen).
· Added reference in December 25th section that MN’s sister stated MN was with her for four days after JF’s murder, including Christmas day (provided by Lynnb).
1984 – 2008
MN’s criminal history includes aggravated robbery, trafficking Mexican nationals, theft by check, operating a stolen vehicle, possession of marijuana, terroristic threat, criminal mischief, simple battery charge, assault on a family member. (Ref Click2 Houston)November 9, 1998
JF was born.2004 - 2009
- From 6 to 11 years old, JF lived with uncle GS in Mississippi and Missouri. (Ref Click2 Houston) (Note: GS is the brother of AD)
- Uncle GS said JF was an active child. "I think he really enjoyed the freedom of being able to walk outside, work in the garden with me, ride the horses," he said. (Ref Click2 Houston)
JF’s grandmother MG brought JF back to Houston. JF lived with his grandmother MG. (Ref Click2 Houston)October, 2010?
MN was released from her job as a maintenance worker at an apartment complex on Oak, but she still came around a lot. (Ref LE at Press Conference; states she was released from her job “several months ago”) November, 2010
December 4, 2010 (Saturday)
- JF turned 12 years old (November 9)
- JF moved in with AD and DD, where they lived in an apartment in the 800 block of Oak Street in Houston (Villa Nueva Apartments).
- JF started attending classes as a 5th grader at Durham Elementary School in Houston.
MN posts on Myspace: Luv'n my life. Mood: hearts. (Ref MN’s Myspace)December 14, 2010 (Tuesday)
December 15, 2010 (Wednesday)
- AD and DD split up, and AD and JF moved into the brown house (AKA cottage) next to the apartment complex on Oak Street with AD’s friend SE. AD said DD had gotten angry and slapped JF. AD considered taking JF 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. (Ref Houston Chronicle)
- AD’s friend/new roommate SE lived in a brown house (AKA cottage) near the apartment complex where AD and DD lived on Oak Street. SE described MN as a friend who used to work in maintenance at an apartment complex across the street.
MN posts on Myspace: I miss you. Mood: sad face. (Ref MN’s Myspace)December 17, 2010 (Friday)
Last day of school at Durham Elementary School before holiday began. (Ref school newsletter)December 24, 2010 (Friday, Christmas Eve)
- 8:20AM – AD left for work. She was due to work until 2:00PM. (Ref LE at Press Conference)
- Morning/Time? – SE left for work.
On Friday morning, both AD and SE 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. (Ref Houston Chronicle)
December 25, 2010 (Saturday, Christmas)
- 12:30PM – Witnesses reported seeing Nelson talking to JF around 12:30 p.m. (Later that evening, MN told AD she had come to the house that morning looking for SE, and that Jonathan had answered the door wearing no shirt, and it seemed like someone was in the house with him.)
- 1:30PM – 2:30PM - SE stated to a reporter (later) that JF was gone between 1:30PM - 2:30PM. (Ref 39Online) (Note: The name RJ shown in video is an error and it is SE).
- 1:45PM – During the day there were a couple of people who saw JF, the last being his stepfather DD who saw him at 1:45PM. (Ref LE at Press Conference)
- 1:45PM – 2:10PM - "Sometime between 1:45 and 2:10 p.m., the mother receives a phone call, makes a phone call, and speaks to what she believes is a female with a gruff voice and hears her son's voice in the background," Detective Fil Waters said. "The phone is suddenly hung up." (Ref Click 2 Houston)
- 2:00PM – Jonathan places phone call to his mother’s place of work. JF speaks to a co-worker, asks her a couple of questions. The mother finds out about it, gets a little concerned, it’s about time for her to go home. She calls the house and speaks to the woman with the raspy voice. She gets disconnected and immediately goes home. (Ref LE at Press Conference)
- Time? - Prior to AD’s arrival home, she had received a mysterious phone call from her residence from a female, who made threatening remarks towards her son. Also, witness observed a female arriving at the residence in a grey or silver pickup about the same time that those threatening calls were made. (Ref Probably Cause Hearing)
- Time? – AD arrived home from work. 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." (Ref Houston Chronicle) There was also a portable or cordless phone missing from the house.
- Time? – AD looks around the area for JF and called some people.
- 3:45PM – AD notified police. Unit was dispatched. (Ref LE at Press Conference)
- 5:30PM – Sunset in Houston.
- 6:00PM – Surveillance video (not viewed until December 28) showed a silver Ford F-150 truck pull up to a ditch outside of a building at about 1500 Schilder at East Hardy. A person could be seen getting out of the truck, taking a body out of the bed of the truck and placing it in the ditch. (Ref LE at Press Conference)
- Time? / Night – MN stopped by the house owned by SE. MN told AD she had come to the house that morning looking for SE, and that Jonathan had answered the door wearing no shirt, and it seemed like someone was in the house with him. (Ref Houston Chronicle)
- 9:30PM – Officers entered details about JF into the National Crime Information Center Database. The case was filed as a missing juvenile. It wasn’t ruled an abduction until Monday, when an Amber Alert was issued.
December 27 (Monday)
- MN posts "Merry christmas everybody!!!!!!!" on her FaceBook page. (December 25, 2010 at 2:28pm via Mobile Web) (Ref MN’s FB)
- MN’s sister says MN spent the four days after the murder, including Christmas Day, with her in SW Houston. "She showed no signs of doing anything to anybody illegal," said sister Angie Johnson. "I don't believe at all she has anything to do with killing a child. That's not Mona." (Ref ABC Local)
December 28 (Tuesday)
- Homicide took over the investigation. (Ref LE at press conference)
- Amber Alert was issued.
- Texas Equusearch started search.
December 29 (Wednesday)
- 10:00AM - A passing motorist spotted what looked like a body in the ditch at about 1500 Schilder at East Hardy (Note: locations is about 5 miles, 15 minutes from home where JF went missing). Patrol units responded and found that it was in fact a body in the ditch. Detectives went to the scene. When they got there they noticed that the body was completely burned but it appeared to be a child. The detectives that responded to the scene determined that it may be related to the missing boy just from the size of the body. (Ref LE at Press Conference)
- On scene investigation began. Police reviewed video from security cameras from a business nearby (Rolled Alloys). (Ref LE at Press Conference)
- Surveillance video showed that about 6PM on December 24, a silver Ford F-150 truck pull up to a ditch outside of a building at about 1500 Schilder at East Hardy. A person could be seen getting out of the truck, taking a body out of the bed of the truck and placing it in the ditch. (Ref LE at Press Conference)
- Homicide investigators were contacted and were sent pictures from the surveillance video. They noted that MN’s truck was similar. MN’s residence (8800 block of Allwood Street, Houston) and vehicle was searched and evidence was found. MN’s apartment is about 7 miles, 20 minute drive from Oak Street, and is about 4 miles, 10 minute drive to 1500 Schilder at East Hardy (where JF’s body was found).
- Early Afternoon - Houston police towed away a 1990’s model tan colored Mercedes Benz registered to DD, from his home. (Ref MyFoxHouston and ABC Local)
December 30 (Thursday)
- Video shows MN leaving her apartment (8800 block of Allwood Street, Houston) with detectives. (Ref KHOU)
- A neighbor of MN said she thought the home and garage apartments were vacant. Another said MN lived in a rear apartment but "kept to herself." (Ref Houston Chronicle)
- Investigators found burned carpet at MN’s apartment, twine that appeared to match the string used to bind Jonathan's hands, and a stun-gun in the glove compartment of MN’s truck. (Ref Houston Chronicle)
- JF’s remains were identified by his dental records. (Ref LE at Press Conference)
- MN charged with capital murder in the slaying of Jonathan. (Ref LE at Press Conference)
- Probable cause hearing for MN held. MN did not appear due to medical reasons.
- MN held without bail.
LE Press Conference: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/video?id=7872370
Probable Cause Hearing (raw video): http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/video?id=7871218
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