The bodies of five South Carolina children were found dumped in rural Alabama Tuesday afternoon.
Their father, Timothy Ray Jones Jr., stopped short of a full confession after his arrest, according to the district attorney in Smith County, Mississippi. He was taken into custody in Mississippi on a drunk driving charge when he allegedly told investigators where to find the children’s bodies.
Police believe Jones killed the children, ages 1 to 8 years old, before driving to Alabama and dumping their bodies, which were wrapped in garbage bags and buried individually.
Their mother, Jones’ ex-wife, reported the kids missing to Lexington police in South Carolina on Sept. 3.
Jones and his ex shared custody of the children.
Jones will be charged on five counts of murder after he is extradited from Mississippi to South Carolina, according to Lexington County acting Sheriff Lewis McCarty.
He also faces charges of child neglect and other offenses, according to the New York Daily News.
"God help me and God help my son,” said his father Timothy Ray Jones Sr., according to the Atlanta Journal Consitution. He said his son had “been a really good dad” in the past.
Image credit: Smith County Sheriff's Department, Richard Shiro/AP