Father confesses murdering his five children (1-8) and dumping bodies in ditch
A father-of-five has been arrested after confessing to the murder of his five children.
Timothy Jones Jr (32) was arrested by police in the US state of South Carolina.
He was initially taken into custody during a traffic stop when an officer noticed the smell of chemicals coming from his vehicle.
When the officer ran his number plate, it was linked to his five children - who had been reported missing a few days earlier.
All his five children were aged between one and eight.
He told officers that he put the children’s bodies into black bin bags and dumped them in a ditch near a highway.
The arresting officer described Jones as being extremely agitated, and believed he was under the influence.
The chemicals found in his vehicle were believed to be involved in the manufacture of crystal meth.
A forensic investigator who was later called in to examine the vehicle discovered bleach, blood and other bodily fluids.
All the bodies of the young children were decomposing when discovered.
Their father was their legal guardian, however they were reported missing by their mother when she couldn’t make contact with them.
When officers went to investigate they found no one at their home, and neighbours told them Jones had said he was moving to another state.
"Neighbours told deputies that the children's father said he was moving with his children from his home near Lexington to another state," said the sheriff's department in a release yesterday.
Police have not released details on how the children died.
Marlene Hyder and her husband Johnny were their neighbours.
Mr Hyder said the children were often dressed in dirty clothes and were seen home at all hours of the day because Jones had said he did not believe in the public schools. Mr Hyder said Jones was constantly looking for a reason to argue and often threatened to call the police.
Mrs Hyder said Jones threatened to kill one of their dogs when it briefly went on to his property.
"He was a nut," she said.
A "no trespassing" sign was posted near the driveway of a house where the Hyders said Jones's ex-wife still lived with the other neighbour. Several people were seen walking around the yard, but none responded to questions from a reporter.