This seems to be a pretty long and convoluted story with several different versions being reported by media outlets so I am going to try and keep it as brief as possible. It seems as though there are very few actual facts being released by the Houston Police Department as of right now and a ton of conjecture floating around the Internet.
12-year-old Jonathon Foster was reported missing to the Houston, Texas PD on the afternoon of Christmas Eve after she arrived home to find him missing. Unfortunately due to the fact that she lied to the police about leaving him home alone while she was at work it was three days before an Amber Alert was put out. Even so, it now seems as though it wouldn’t have matter anyway as the poor child was already dead by that evening.
According to several news stations Angela Davis, Jonathan’s mother, received a call at work from her son. He was told that she was busy and would call him back. Conflicting stories say that either a woman got on the phone or called back and told them it was an emergency. This was at some point prior to 1:45pm.
Angela drove home and reportedly called the home several times and eventually a woman with a raspy voice answered the phone and when Angela asked for her son she heard the woman ask “Is your mama’s name Angela” at which point she heard Jonathan answer “Yes, ma’am, my mama’s name is Angela” at which point the line went dead. When she arrived home around 2pm nobody was at home and the cordless phone was missing from the home as well. Houston PD are still investigating and won’t say whether or not the phone call actually took place.
Police were eventually called more than an hour later but were allegedly unhelpful, one family member claiming that police told them he was probably a runaway. Apparently Jonathan had lived with his Uncle in Missouri for several years due to his mother’s alleged drug problems. At the time that he disappeared Jonathan’s mother was separated from her husband David Davis and they were living in the apartment of a friend.
That brings us to the accused murderer. 44-year-old Mona Yvette Nelson has had quite a criminal career. Mostly petty stuff but there are a few violent crimes as well. Mona was introduced to Angela Davis as a friend of her roommate and she had also worked as a maintenance tech at the apartment complex where they lived. Some stories also report that David Davis, the boy’s step-father and also allegedly the last person to see Jonathan alive, had met her two weeks prior. Police are reporting Nelson as a family acquaintance.
Nelson has been placed by witnesses at the apartment at the time of Jonathan’s disappearance. She has also been caught on security video at the location where Jonathan’s badly burned body was recovered on December 28th. Police believe that Nelson took Jonathan to her apartment where she killed him, burned his body beyond recognition (he was identified through dental records) with a welding torch and then dumped him in a culvert in North Houston.
Nelson has been charged with Capital Murder and is lodged in the Houston Jail at least until a court appearance on Monday.
There are a lot more details and suppositions which I have left out of this and you are more than welcome to share them in the comments. I want to thank Queen of Night for sending me this story Friday morning and then patiently waiting for it to get posted.