ABC news reported that Mona Yvette Nelson was charged with the murder of 12 year old Jonathan Foster who disappeared on Christmas Eve. A badly burned body that was believed to be his was found early Tuesday. On Wednesday, 44 year old Nelson, who is a Foster family acquaintance, was named a person of interest.
Later in the day, the Harris County, Texas, District Attorney’s Office told local ABC affiliate KTRK that the person of interest had been officially charged with murder.
Carolyn Castiglia first posted about Jonathan Foster on Strollerderby earlier this week. Foster’s step dad, David Davis, told police, “I think a pedophile took him. That’s what I think and I want him back. I want revenge.”
Now at least Mr. Foster has the name of the accused. ABC News says that according to the Houston Chronicle, Nelson’s truck had been captured by a surveillance camera belonging to an office close to where the young boy’s body was found.
A strange phone exchange between the 12 year old and his mom, Angela Davis, had local authorities worried. After missing a call from her son while at work, Angela Davis called him back only to hear a woman’s voice she didn’t recognize answer the phone.
Foster’s grandmother, Mary Gifford, had this to say of the exchange: “My daughter asked to speak with her son, and then the woman asked [Jonathan] if Angela was his mother. He said ‘Yes, m’am. Angela is my mother,’ and then the phone went dead.
Though neither Gifford nor Angela Davis knew who the mystery woman was, it may have been Nelson.
Thanks to the ordeal, Gifford has become critical of Amber Alert policies. On Monday afternoon, an Amber Alert was issued for Jonathan Foster, but Gifford believes that was far too late. “Regardless of how this turns out, my goal is to get the Amber Alert law changed,” she said. “There should not be criteria for an Amber Alert that depends on whether cops think the kid has run away.” While the family was confident that Jonathan had not run away, Gifford contends that the police believed that was a distinct possibility. “The cops kept thinking [Jonathan] ran away,” she said.
It’s now clear that Jonathan did not run away and that the police believe Nelson was responsible for his tragic death.