Father arrested in infant son’s death

The death of an infant early Thursday morning is being called a homicide and Pine Bluff police have arrested the child’s father in connection with the incident.

Ivory Jones, 23, was taken into custody after police found the body of 2-month-old Corey Jones inside a house at 10 N. Richard Court at about 6:30 a.m Thursday.

During a probable cause hearing for Jones on Friday in Pine Bluff District Court, Detective Jerry Lambert said police and emergency medical personnel were sent to the house after receiving a call that the child was unresponsive.

Lambert said Jones told police he had awakened and found his son “cold, pale and unresponsive,” and emergency medical personnel worked on the child “to no avail” and contacted the coroner’s office.

The cause of death was believed to be suffocation but Lambert said the body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause and manner of death.

If the death is ruled a homicide, it would be the ninth of the year in Jefferson County and the sixth inside the Pine Bluff city limits.

During the initial investigation, Lambert said Jones gave police a false name and it was only later that they determined his real identity. Jones allegedly game the false name because there was an active warrant for his arrest that was issued after he failed to appear in court in June 2012.

Jones told police he “had been on the run for about a year,” Lambert said during the court hearing.

Lambert also said Jones initially said “his 2- or 3-year-old boxer” had caused the death by lying against the infant “but the dog had nothing to do with it.”

According to Lambert, Jones has an extensive criminal history, is on probation, and has drug charges pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Based on Lambert’s testimony, Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Jones with first-degree murder in the death of his son.

At the request of Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer, bond for Jones was set at $225,000 cash-only.