This is not the update I hoped to some day bring you in a story I covered last year on the blog.
Last year, the disappearance of two-month-old Kyon Jones from his family’s apartment shocked the city of Washington, DC Little Kyon was reported missing on May 7, 2021. His mother, Ladonia Boggs, told police she last saw her son two days earlier, on May 5.
Police searched the area, volunteers canvassed the neighborhood, and local missing persons activist Henderson Long, the founder of DC’s Missing Voice, arranged a Facebook live interview with Ladonia, also including a CBS9 news crew. During that interview, Ladonia told multiple, increasingly strange stories about what happened to her son, telling the shocked interviewers that Kyon was taken by CPS before informing them that Kyon had died in the apartment and she had thrown him and his car seat into the dumpster. She told others, including police, similar stories, as well as others, including one about giving Kyon to another individual.
I dug up a ton of detail about Ladonia’s history, among other things, which you can read in my previous posts about Kyon’s story. She was the mother of several other children, who sources told WTOP News were no longer in her care.
Ladonia, who has a history of run-ins with the law, domestic violence, mental illness, and substance abuse issues, was arrested on May 14, 2021 and charged with felony murder and tampering with evidence. The following day, she appeared in court, at which time her felony murder charge was not pursued. She was officially charged with tampering with evidence and released to Pretrial Services.
Until this week, there have been no developments in Kyon’s story. Despite a search at a Virginia landfill, Kyon’s body has never been located.
Yesterday, news broke that 39-year-old Ladonia Patrice Boggs was found dead in the doorway of an apartment at around 2:52 AM on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Ladonia was suffering from a stab wound and was already dead when DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to 1511 Benning Road NE, the same apartment complex where Kyon was last seen. After paramedics found “no signs consistent with life,” Ladonia’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Later the same day, the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force located and apprehended 44-year-old Carl Bernard Jones, Kyon’s father, who was not named in any of the news articles about Kyon’s disappearance. Carl was charged with second degree murder while armed. According to the Metropolitan Police Department, “this offense was domestic in nature.”
Carl, who was born on August 24, 1977, is currently in the custody of the DC Department of Corrections. Police say the investigation into both Kyon’s disappearance and Ladonia’s death are ongoing.
Click here for my previous and ongoing coverage of Kyon’s story.
Sources: Articles listed; VINElink