ENNIS - The Justice of the Peace has confirmed that the submerged skeletal remains found in a rural creek Saturday near Ennis are that of a 10-year-old boy who went missing in 2011.
Johnathan Ramsey's father, Aaron Ramsey, and stepmother, Elizabeth Ramsey, remain at the Dallas County Jail on charges of injury to a child. The Ramseys are accused of slowly starving the young boy to death, and then wrapping his body in a sleeping bag and abandoning the body in the creek.
Authorities were first alerted to the case by family members who called police after becoming suspicious since they had not seen the boy for several months.
Aaron Ramsey, 34, served in Iraq and told investigators he put his son on “military rations” — mostly bread and water — as punishment for punching his pregnant stepmother, causing her to miscarry.
From March to August of 2011, Ramsey told officers Johnathan lost 30 pounds. Court documents said the child was so weak he could barely walk and so starved for food he ate his own feces.
Officers believe the boy died in early August.
“It’s just terrible that little kid has to be treated like that,” the boy’s great grandmother, Cynthia Ramsey, told News 8. She remembers teaching him to walk, but said she hadn’t seen him in more than one year.