A six-year-old boy missing since August was found alive and hidden in an attic in Laclede County, Missouri. After locating the child in the locked crawl space, police arrested his mother Aubrey Fergusen for felony child abduction.
Braedence Jones never returned to his father’s home after spending time with his mother in August. His parents, Aubrey Fergusen and Ryan Jones, share custody of him. Braedence lives with his father, Ryan.
After Fergusen failed to return Braedence on August 3, 2018, Ryan reported his son missing. Fergusen and her son went on the run.
While on the run for more than five months, Fergusen kept company with a convicted felon, Woodrow Allen Ziegler. According to a court order, Ziegler was prohibited from being in contact with Braedence.
Authorities received multiple reported sightings of Ferguson between August and January. However, police failed to locate the child after the sightings.
By October, a judge issued a warrant for Ferguson’s arrest. An endangered person’s advisory was issued for Braedence because of his exposure to Ziegler.
Around this time there someone reported seeing Ferguson and Ziegler in Iberia, Missouri. Despite the tip, police did not find the couple.
In early December, an activist for missing and exploited children, Donna McIntyre helped the Jones family set up a Facebook page called “Help Bring Braedence Home.”
McIntyre regularly posted on the page to keep Braedence’s name in the news. She urged family members to turn Ferguson in. Additionally, she reminded followers that Ferguson’s companion, Woodrow Ziegler was a known drug user.
As Fergusen continued to elude authorities, Camden County Sherriff’s Office added Ferguson to their most wanted list. Authorities also listed Braedence as missing in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database.
On January 8, 2019, police officers acted on a tip they received fromUnited States Marshals Service Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force. Police executed a search warrant on a home in Laclede County, Missouri.
When officers arrived, they found Braedence and Fergusen in an attic crawl space. Ziegler shut the crawl space opening by nailing the door shut and hiding the door with carpet.
Immediately after finding Braedence, police arrested Fergusen, Ziegler, and one other person in connection with Braedence’s abduction. Fergusen is now in custody facing charges of felony child abduction and on a warrant for failure to appear in court.
Later that evening, Breanne Marie Dominguez, Ryan Jones’ girlfriend shared a photo of Braedence reuniting with his father. She said,
� Thank you all for the prayers, shared, phone calls and etc. we don’t know how to thank everyone enough. Our hearts are so full of joy atm. Just thank you everyone…”“OUR LITTLE BOY IS HOME. GOD IS SOOOO GOOD!!!!
Dominguez posted another update thanking authorities for their hard work in locating Braedence.
Finally, after five months, Braedence is home safely with his father. There is no telling what the child went through while on the run with his mother. He will likely need therapy and extra care to deal with the trauma he experienced.
Felony child abduction is a class A felony in Missouri. If convicted on the charges, Ferguson faces a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison.
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