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Mom facing murder charge a decade after son was last seen

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman whose son’s remains were found in her car more than 10 years after he was last seen alive is now facing a murder charge.

Court documents indicate Tonya Slaton, 44, of Richmond was indicted Feb. 1 in Hampton Circuit Court on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of her son, Quincy Jamar Davis, who would now be 25.

Davis attended elementary and middle school in Virginia Beach, but media outlets report that friends didn’t see him after seventh grade and he was withdrawn from school in 2003, when he would have entered eighth grade.

Media outlets report that the indictment alleges Slaton killed Davis between July 24, 2004, and July 24, 2005, when he was 14 or 15 years old. 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.

Media outlets report that a search warrant states that the trooper who pulled over Slaton in June noticed a large white spot on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat that Slaton said was from bleach. When the trooper opened the trunk of the Ford Mustang, he smelled rotting flesh and Slaton threw clothes on top of the spare tire, which is where bags containing the Davis’ remains were found, the warrant states.

Slaton was scheduled to appear in General District Court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on the charge of concealing her son’s body, but prosecutors declined to pursue the charge. An arraignment on the murder charge is scheduled on Feb. 25.

When reached by phone Wednesday, Chief Deputy Public Defender Richard Johnson declined to comment on the case.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that in 1997, Slaton was convicted of misdemeanor assault and battery for injuring Quincy when he was 6 and sentenced to no jail time on condition of good behavior for six months. The first-grader had cuts and bruises on his chest and back, according to documents filed in Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. A Virginia Beach Department of Human Services spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Child Protective Services investigated Slaton for the incident.

Media outlets report Slaton was convicted of felony attempted maiming and shooting at an occupied dwelling in Hampton Circuit Court in 2008 and sentenced to four years in prison for firing a gun at her boyfriend during a fight. The Virginian-Pilot reports Davis would have been 17 when Slaton went to prison, but he does not appear in any public court documents from the case.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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