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CONTACT 13: CPS history in Aaron Jones case

Posted at 6:00 PM, May 02, 2017

13-year-old Aaron Jones' body was found decaying in a desert area near his home late last month. Police suspect he was killed by his father.       

Contact 13 has a newly released report after his death that shows how Clark County may have repeatedly failed the child while he was alive.

The Child Fatality Disclosure report from the county Department of Family Services outlines a troubled family history. Child welfare authorities investigated repeated reports of neglect and abuse involving Aaron Jones.

It started in 2006 with a neglect allegation the county did not substantiate. 

In 2007, "the child was determined to be in need of protection," and the family was placed under supervision for over a year.  

Between 2013 and 2015, the county failed to substantiate four additional reports of neglect. 

In April 2016, Aaron was taken into protective custody.  But two months later, the court returned him to his parent, and closed the case. Less than a year later, young Aaron was dead.

According to the arrest report, Aaron's father, Paul Jones, admitted hitting Aaron in the face and knocking him to the floor. When he noticed his son wasn't breathing, he wrapped him in a blanket and carried his body to the desert.