Ugh. Depressing news, heading your way.
Don’t say we didn’t try to warn you…because we did.
A young mother who was reported missing after her baby was abandoned has been found dead.
Police say the body of 21-year-old Jasmine Dunbar was discovered by police aircraft late Wednesday afternoon in the area of 107th Avenue and Camelback Road.
Her corpse was found in a field and had significant burn evidence. The infant was found alone (along with also a single adult shoe, a diaper bag and a backpack with Dunbar’s identification) in her car seat along the road near 83rd and Minnezona avenues around 10 PM.
Dunbar was last seen with her ex-boyfriend 20-year-old Antwaun Travon Ware on Tuesday (March 6th) night. Uh-oh.
Family members told ABC15
she left home with Ware and her 7-month-old baby around 7:30 PM, so that Ware could take a paternity test. Officers located Ware at his home on Wednesday morning and he agreed to come to police headquarters for an interview.
According to an official report, Ware told police that the dropped Dunbar back off at her apartment, but later changed his story to claim that they got into a physical altercation and he punched her several times. He said he left her still alive in the field where she was found, panicked and dropped the child off in another area so someone would find her.
He said he then went back to the scene where he left Dunbar.
Police say Ware told them he put a piece of paper on Dunbar’s body, poured gasoline and lit it with a cigarette. He watched as the fire burned out and left the scene to get the baby, however, he saw police already with the baby and went a different direction, so as to avoid them.
Due to evidence collected, including a gas can, police developed probable cause to arrest Ware on one count of first-degree murder, kidnapping, abandonment of a body and child abuse. He has been booked into the Maricopa County jail on a $1 million bail.
Well, that was bleak. Hope he gets what is coming to him (if he is indeed guilty of the crime, which let’s be honest, sounds pretty likely based off of the details that are emerging).
Sending our sincerest condolences to the victim’s loved ones.