Former Lufkin resident who abandoned children at Easter party will remain on probation

Asia Jones (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Asia Jones (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Following a hearing in an Angelina County district court Tuesday, a former Lufkin resident who abandoned her children at an Easter party in 2012 and was later arrested for probation violations was released from jail.

Asia Jones was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Sept. 10 on two revocation of probation charges. She appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court, where she was placed on a chemical dependency case load.

Under the new conditions of Jones' probation, she will have to report to a probation officer in another Texas County and will be subject to frequent drug tests. According to Al Charanza, Jones' defense attorney, Jones is currently living in Southeast Texas, where she has a job and a place to live.

Jones' probation was revoked because she had recently stopped reporting to her probation officer, and she relocated without notifying the Angelina County Adult Probation Department.

Jones was originally arrested and charged with child abandonment, a third-degree felony, after she left her two children, ages 4 and 7, at an Easter party at a house in the 500 block of Culverhouse in April 2012. Lufkin Police said Jones left her kids at the party with no intent to return and pick them up.

According to a previous East Texas News story, Jones left the children at a small party with young kids. Witnesses said the saw the mother walk up to the house with the kids, and she "shooed" them towards the house, directing them to go play with the other kids and left.

Police spoke with the person hosting the party, and the woman indicated that Jones left the children and told her she would be back in a few minutes.

The woman told police she really didn't know Jones, but didn't think much about the situation.

Witnesses said several hours had past and after the young kids who were at the party had all left, they noticed that Jones's kids were out playing in the road and had made their way down to another residence. That's when neighbors found the children.

According to police the neighbors said the children were dirty and hungry.

Witnesses told police the children had been left alone for nearly four hours, and their mother never returned.

The children's maternal grandmother told police there is an active Child Protective Services investigation involving Jones to determine if she is an unfit mother. The grandmother was trying to get full custody of her grandchildren.

Police released the children into the grandmother's custody.

She told police that the kids had been living with her and that Jones spent Saturday night with her at her Woodville home. She also told them she thought Jones took the children without her permission while she was asleep.

Investigators said Jones has a long history of drug problems.

Police were unable to locate her, after the incident involving her children. She was later found and arrested on Tuesday.

Jones was charged with child abandonment, and she was booked into the Angelina County Jail.

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