ELLIS COUNTY — Dallas police have suspended their search for the body of 11-year-old Johnathan Ramsey in Ellis County.
According to police records, his father admitted to starving Johnathan and then dumping his body in Ellis County.
The search started on Saturday and continued Sunday morning, but police spokeswoman Melinda Gutierrez said previous weather conditions and dense terrain have made operations difficult. "At this time, we cannot say when the search will resume," Gutierrez said.
Police said the child's paternal grandfather, Edward Ramsey, became concerned when he had not seen the child for quite some time, so he called police on Friday. He told investigators he was always getting excuses for where the child was.
"Johnathan always had something else going on, scouting... something, supposedly," Ramsey told News 8 in an exclusive interview. "I told him [Johnathan's father] I was tired of the waiting and delays. I wanted to see my grandson."
Officers from the Northeast Patrol Division launched an investigation and went to talk to the child's father, Aaron Ramsey, at his home on Clearwater Drive in Dallas. Police said the 34-year-old told them he had dumped Johnathan's body in Ellis County about a year ago.
Aaron Ramsey and Johnathan's stepmother, 31-year-old Elizabeth Ramsey, are under arrest for injury to a child, a first-degree felony. Bond was set at $500,000 each.
Police said the Ramseys offered conflicting stories about what happened to their son.
According to documents obtained by The Dallas Morning News, the crime happened at the Ramseys' home in Dallas. Aaron Ramsey told investigators he hit his son in the chest after the boy allegedly struck his wife, who was pregnant with triplets. She apparently lost the babies.
The documents reveal that Ramsey admitted to locking his son in a bedroom because he was becoming more violent, and would only give him bread, water and some milk as nourishment.
Ramsey claims in the documents that he saw his son eating his own feces.
The documents also mention that when Ramsey found his son unresponsive, he bathed him, put him in a sleeping bag, and took him to Ennis — where he dumped him.
Aaron Ramsey allegedly led detectives to the search area about seven miles south of Ennis.
The FBI has been called in to help with the search in the sparsely-populated farming area. Dallas police do not have "cadaver dogs" that are specially trained to seek out human remains.
The search was suspended Sunday morning with no sign of the boy's body.
Johnathan's biological mother lives in another state and detectives have also spoken with her.
Johnathan was withdrawn from school, and officials were told he was going to another school, so no one reported him missing from the district.
His grandfather is relying on his faith to see him through these difficult times.
"Even in such terrible tragedy, God is still in control," Edward Ramsey said. "There's not a smile on my face right now. There's a smile in my heart, because I know my grandson is in the presence of God and we will see him again."