Arrest citation reveals disturbing details in child's murder
JACKSON COUNTY, Ky. - An arrest citation for Lonnie Jay Belt reveals disturbing information about how a five-year-old Jackson County boy died.
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Police charged Belt with murder on Monday after finding the body of James Spoonamore. They also charged him with assault, two counts of kidnapping and evidence tampering for an attack on the boy's mother.
According to the citation, Belt admitted to taking Jessica Durham and her son against their will to a secluded wooded area on Friday morning. Police say Belt assaulted the mother and pushed her off a cliff, leaving her with significant injuries. The citation goes on to say that Belt then admitted to the taking the boy to a separate area where he struck the five-year-old in the head multiple times with a metal object.
Police say Belt then left James Spoonamore's body in a wooded area. State Police found the child's body Monday morning about 180-feet off Sparks Ridge Road. That's less than a mile from where hikers found Durham.
Durham survived the attack. The family says she is in critical condition at UK Chandler Medical Center.
Belt is due in court on September 18 for a preliminary hearing.
Friends and family members of the victims are holding a vigil at 8 on Saturday night at Bond Memorial Park in McKee. Friends are also helping to raise money to pay for the boy's funeral.