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Dad, stepmom starve son to death, dump body

  • Boy,10, starved to death in locked bedroom
  • Johnathan Ramsey’s body dumped in TX creek
  • Stepmom and dad sentenced to 30 years in prison

Johnathan Ramsey, 10, dropped from 90 to 60 pounds before he died trying to survive on a restricted diet of bread and water. The diet was enforced by the boy’s father Aaron Ramsey and stepmother Elizabeth Ramsey, who kept him locked in a bedroom in their Dallas, Texas home.

Dallas County District Attorney, Eren Price, said Johnathan’s parents confessed to letting Johnathan starve to death, and his father eventually led police to the boy’s body.

His body was placed inside a blue sleeping bag, and dumped in Ellis County, Texas, Price said. “He was found eventually on the side of the road, but in a creek in a rural part of another county.”

Price said all that was found of Johnathan’s body was skeletal remains, yet the medical examiner was able to rule the death a homicide.

Johnathan’s grandfather, Ed Ramsey, said he contacted authorities after repeated, failed attempts to see Johnathan. For more than a year, his son and daughter-in-law made numerous excuses about Johnathan’s whereabouts, including that Johnathan was attending boy scout outings, school activities and spending time with his step-mother’s family.

Elizabeth and Aaron Ramsey were convicted of knowing or intentionally causing serious bodily injury to a child. They are both facing 30 years in prison before they are eligible for parole.

"We will forever be grateful to Ed for having the courage he did to make the choice to look into where JL was, because this so easily could have been a cold case,” Johnathan’s step-grandmother, Starla Swanson, said.

“They may have never found his remains. If Ed had not pursued as hard as he did, we may never have known whatever happened to Johnathan." 

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