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Woman pleads guilty to 2010 murder of 5-year-old boy

A Zion woman admitted to murdering a 5-year-old boy for wetting the bed on Labor Day 2010.

Yolanda Jones, 37, pleaded guilty April 26 to a single count of first-degree murder. In exchange for her guilty plea, five remaining murder counts were dropped. Jones took an open plea, meaning a judge will decide to sentence her between 20 and 40 years in prison, according to court records.

Prosecutors were seeking a life prison sentence against Jones on three of the murder charges that were dropped because Tommy Davis was killed in a “brutal or heinous” manner, according to court documents.

Jones was pregnant with her sixth child when she was caring for the 5-year-old. She told police she snapped and beat the boy during a two-day period because the boy had wet the bed. Police also said Jones confessed to hitting the child with a belt and banging his head against the tub and floor. Jones is due for sentencing July 9. She remains in custody at Lake County Jail in lieu of $3 million bond.


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