Editor’s Note (May 18, 2021, 10:30 a.m. ET): Prosecutors opted not to pursue a murder charge against LaDonia Boggs after the disappearance of her son, 2-month-old Kyon Jones. Go here for updates.
The mother of a baby boy who has been missing from D.C. for a week said her son died and she disposed of his body, video obtained by News4 shows.
Two-month-old Kyon Jones stopped breathing as he and his mother, LaDonia Boggs, were in bed together, she said in video shot by D.C. missing-persons advocate Henderson Long.
“The last thing that I remember was that I had rolled over, and he was on my chest. After that, when I was ‘sleep, rolled over, noticed he was unresponsive — breathing — and I panicked,” she said, at times repeating herself.
Boggs later said her son was no longer breathing.
“He was ‘sleep on my chest and when I woke up, he wasn’t breathing anymore, because he was just that small. He was only 2 months old. He was a premature baby,” she said.
Boggs said she felt afraid and spoke first by phone and then in person with a woman who asked her about Kyon’s whereabouts. Boggs said she “got frustrated,” walked around the block and returned home.
“I came back in the house and got a blanket and his car seat, and wrapped it up and took it outside and just throwed it in the trash,” she said.
Boggs said on the video that she didn’t know where the infant’s body was. Officers and cadaver dogs were seen searching a landfill in Charles City County, Virginia, on two days this week.
News4 was unable to reach Boggs.
Long, the activist, posted Facebook Live video of the interview a few days ago. Boggs was speaking with a reporter who was off camera as Long filmed their conversation. Long said he was shocked by what Boggs said.
“This is so sad. Nobody wins,” he said.
Police sources told News4 the account Boggs gave on the video is similar to an account she gave police, which led them to search the landfill in the Richmond area. They also searched Boggs’ home, sources said.
Mayor Muriel Bowser, who said earlier in the week that Boggs is a person of interest, declined to provide any update Wednesday.
“Sadly, you’re referring to a child that MPD continues to investigate his whereabouts and what happened to him,” she said.
In the video, a man can be heard saying he’s Kyon’s father and he was the person who called police on May 7, two days after the infant was last seen in an apartment in the 1500 block of Benning Road NE.
“I was told that CPS has my son,” he can be heard saying. Then, he adds that an official told him Kyon was not in the custody of D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency.
“I’m looking for my son. I’m still not satisfied until I find that body,” the man says.
News4 previously asked CFSA if there was an open case file on the family or if they had been alerted of any possible concerns prior to Kyon being reported missing. The agency declined to answer, citing privacy laws.
Long, the activist who shot the video, said he gave the footage to police.