A Virginia woman has been charged with murder after her son’s remains were found in her car more than 10 years after his disappearance.
According to court documents, Tonya Slaton, 44, of Richmond was indicted February 1 in Hampton Circuit Court on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of her son, Quincy Jamar Davis, reports Fox News.
The indictment in the case alleges that Slaton killed Davis sometime between July 24, 2004, and July 24, 2005. The Virginian-Pilot reported that Davis as 14 or 15-years-old at the time of his death and would now be 25.
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Davis was never reported missing, but his body was found in Slaton’s trunk during a traffic stop in June. The medical examiner hasn’t determined the cause of his death.
The remains were reportedly found when she was was pulled over on Interstate 64 by a Virginia State Trooper. While conducting the traffic stop, the trooper noticed a strong odor emanating from her Ford Mustang.
According to the paper, Davis was a seventh grader at the time of his death, attending school in Virginia Beach and was said to be withdrawn prior to the start of eighth grade.
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Slaton was convicted in 1997 of misdemeanor assault and battery for injuring her son when he was 6-years-old and was sentenced to no jail time on the condition of good behavior for six months, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
In 2012, the Virginia woman was charged with domestic assault and battery, but it’s unclear where the case was filed, who the victim was in the incident, and whether Slaton was convicted, the paper reported.
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In 2008, she was convicted in Hampton Circuit Court of felony attempted maiming and shooting at an unoccupied home. She was sentenced to four years in prison.
The brother of the boy, Cameron Person, 22, told ABC 13 he was about 4-years-old when he last saw his mom when he was left with his grandmother in North Carolina by his mom before moving to Virginia with his older brother.
Person reflected on the circumstances with the news outlet.
“That could’ve been me. I’m blessed you know, because I’m still here. I just feel upset because my brother didn’t get to live his life.”
Person said he learned of his brother’s fate in North Carolina, where he spent much of his youth moving back and forth between his grandmother’s and father’s homes.
“I used to be mad at everybody growing up because they couldn’t never tell me where my mom went or where my brother was. I feel lost and depressed at the same time, because knowing I don’t have a brother no more. My family is really broken up.”
The brother says that despite the circumstances, he would still like to visit his mother and find out what happened to the brother he never really knew.
About to live stream VSP presser on arrest of Tonya Slaton. Troopers found her son Quincy Davis' remains in her car. pic.twitter.com/IKr7Xp5mg9
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“I would love to go see her you know and just let her see my face. I’m thinking she probably wouldn’t want to talk to me.”
Slaton is expected to be arraigned on the murder charge next week.
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