Parents accused in death of Navin Jones indicted by Peoria County Grand Jury

Stephanie Jones and Brandon Walker
Stephanie Jones and Brandon Walker(MGN)
Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 3:36 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2022 at 4:36 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Stephanie Jones and Brandon Walker - parents of 8-year-old Navin Jones - were indicted on six counts of first-degree murder earlier Tuesday.

Peoria County State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos says the action is due to the brutal and heinous nature of Navin’s death.

The home in which Navin lived with Stephanie and Brandon was well furnished - except his bedroom - having only a bed with no sheets, a dresser, one toy and a pillow without a case on it.

Investigators say there was a sign on the outside of Navin’s room that said not to feed him or let him out.

They also say there were text messages exchanged between Jones and Walker about locking Navin his bedroom, tying him up in the basement and beating him for peeing in his bedroom because he was locked in there.

Hoos says that during the first minute of the 9-1-1 call Jones placed, she was complaining about Navin to the dispatcher - before telling them he was unresponsive.

“With his parents, for the last 6 months of Navin’s life, he was tortured, beaten, starved, and imprisoned, all by the two people there to protect him,” she said.

Hoos has filed a motion to increase their already million-dollar bond each. That number will be announced Thursday during their arrangement on these new charges.

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