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‘Do not give Navin any food or drinks. Do not let him out of the room,’ Peoria County chief prosecutor describes shocking details into abuse case

Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 10:20 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - They are accused of keeping a sign in the house that read, “Do not give him any food,” but ‘him’ was a boy who would in fact die of abuse and starvation, two weeks ago. It’s horrifying insight into why two Peoria parents now face multiple counts of murder.

Peoria County State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos said the shocking conduct by the boy’s mother and father led to the addition of the brutal and heinous murder charges.

“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,” said Hoos.

8-year-old Navin Jones was 30 lbs when he died two weeks ago, after what Hoos said was months of abuse.

“I don’t know how somebody just watches that, especially their own child,” said Hoos.

Tuesday, Stephanie Jones and Brandon Walker were charged with 6 counts of first degree murder in their son’s death.

“There’s so much in this case that is appalling,” said Hoos.

The State’s Attorney said the home was well furnished except Navin’s room, which had only a bed and pillow with no sheets, a dresser and one toy.

“There was a sign on the outside of his bedroom door that read quote, “Do not give navin any food or drinks. Do not let him out of the room. He has what he needs ‘til I wake up,’” said Hoos.

Hoos said there were text messages exchanged between Walker and Jones about locking Navin in his room, tying him up in the basement, and beating him for peeing in his bedroom while he was locked inside.

“There was a padlock on his closet door and inside that closet was a horrific odor of urine and feces,” said Hoos.

The first minute of the 911 call made March 29th had Jones complaining about Navin to the dispatcher, before she admitted he was unresponsive.

His 12-year-old brother seems healthy and is now in the care of DCFS.

“It was clear that they favored one child over the other and unfortunately for Navin, he got the brunt of everything,” said Hoos.

As of now, Hoos said their investigation stops criminally with the parents.

“I don’t really have any comments on what other agencies did or didn’t do before this. My investigation is focused on who is responsible for the murder and that is the two parents,” said Hoos.

Hoos plans to ask for their bonds to be increased from the million dollars each are set at. They are due back in court Thursday, for these new charges.

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