Johnathan Ramsey Case: Remains Found Identified As Starved Boy, Police Confirm

Johnathan Ramsey

DALLAS — Authorities have identified skeletal remains found in a rural creek near Dallas as those of a 10-year-old boy allegedly starved to death by his father and stepmother, police and a family member said Monday.

Dallas police said they confirmed with the Dallas County medical examiner that DNA tests have linked the remains to Johnathan Ramsey. The boy’s remains were found April 21 in rural Ellis County, south of the city.

The medical examiner declined to comment on the case because the remains were found in another county. However, Starla Swanson, stepmother to Johnathan’s mother, confirmed that the family had been informed that a positive identification of Johnathan had been made.

The boy’s father and stepmother, Aaron and Elizabeth Ramsey, remain jailed on charges of felony injury to a child. Both are being held on $500,000 bail. Attorneys for each did not return phone messages seeking comment.

Aaron Ramsey allegedly told police he limited the boy’s meals to bread, water and sometimes milk for several months. According to police records, the boy was confined to his bedroom in the family’s Dallas home, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The boy’s mother, Judy Williams, and other relatives did not see him for months. Williams lives in New Mexico and has custody of the couple’s other son, Swanson said.

Johnathan’s grandfather Edward Ramsey had contacted police earlier this year to ask them to search for the child because he had not seen the boy for more than a year.

Aaron and Elizabeth Ramsey initially claimed the boy had gone to live with his mother, but later confessed to starving the boy to death, police said.

According to police, Aaron Ramsey said he put his son on “military rations” because the boy began to misbehave early last year. Ramsey said the boy had punched his stepmother in the stomach when she was pregnant, causing a miscarriage. Ramsey said he hit Johnathan in the chest and then locked him in a bedroom, according to the records.

A spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney did not immediately comment on whether prosecutors would seek additional charges now that the remains had been identified.

The child’s remains were to be cremated and his ashes sent to his mother, Swanson said.

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State Child Protective Services Took More Than 400 Children Into Custody

State Child Protective Services took more than 400 children into custody after the FLDS raid last summer; they’ve since dropped 415 of those cases

Child Protective Services has dumped another load of child custody cases prompted by their spring raid of theYearning for Zion Ranch, the West Texas compound of Mormon breakaway sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At press time, the number of cases dropped by the agency had grown to a whopping 415, according to the Deseret News.


More than 400 children were taken from their families during the raid, which was based on an allegation of abuse that authorities now consider a hoax. Although CPS said they were compelled to remove the children because they were in immediate jeopardy of being sexually abused, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the agency had acted improperly. Since then, the agency has filed a string of nonsuits, dumping the custody cases they initially said were necessary to protect the FLDS children. So far just one girl, a 14-year-old whom officials believe was married at age 12 to imprisoned polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs, remains in foster care.

Meanwhile, the two lawyers who have been coordinating the legal action on behalf of CPS against the FLDS families have resigned from their jobs. Gary Banks, lead counsel when the children were taken from the ranch this spring, resigned in early October to take a job at a private firm. Charles Childress, head of the agency’s San Angelo legal team, has tendered his resignation, effective Nov. 1, but has not provided a written explanation for his departure – prompting speculation that Childress might not be pleased with the way things have gone. “I cannot say a word about it,” Child­ress told the San Angelo Standard-Times. “There is nothing I can say that wouldn’t be out of line.”

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