James Spoonamore, 5, had been missing for days before his body was found.  (Sand Gap Fire Department.)



A 5-year-old Jackson County boy was found dead in a heavily wooded area nearby where his mother was discovered after being thrown from a cliff. 

The body of a kidnapped 5-year-year-old boy was located Monday during the third attempt to find the child since his injured mother was discovered at the bottom of a cliff two days earlier, Kentucky State Police said.

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The young boy was murdered by a crazed lunatic.


His mother had been pushed off a 100-foot cliff in Kentucky and a man now faces murder charges, Kentucky State Police confirmed Monday afternoon.


Kentucky State Police say that an intense search for the child, who had just started school, was launched after his mother – 41-year-old Jessica Durham – was tossed from the cliff but survived with multiple broken bones on Friday. Hikers discovered her the following day.

The boy, James Spoonamore, had been missing for three days in Kentucky’s Jackson County, WHAS reported.

Durham told investigators she and her son were assaulted and kidnapped by 41-year-old Lonnie Belt, who was arrested Saturday evening, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The exact relationship between Belt and Durham was unclear.

41-year-old Lonnie Belt (Photo: Jackson County Detention Center, Custom)

Durham and her son were kidnapped as they were getting ready to go to the doctor, said Durham’s sister, Mary Batson. Durham had just put her son in the child seat in the back seat of their vehicle, Batson said.

Belt, a family acquaintance, arrived at the house and asked for help waking up Durham’s husband, David, who allegedly was in the house, Batson said. David Durham later told Batson and Jessica Durham’s mother that he wasn’t there, Batson said.

“She walked in there, and when she walked in, the guy hit her in the back of the head and she fell to the ground,” said Batson, who spoke with Durham on Sunday. “He got mad because she didn’t get knocked out with the first hit, so he hit her two or three more times. She would never knock out.”

Belt blindfolded Durham, tied her hands and put her in the car, with James in the back seat, Batson said. Belt drove, and when he stopped, he took off Durham’s blindfold and untied her hands. She tried fighting back before he pushed her over the cliff.

According to court records, Belt told authorities that he got into an argument with Durham over money, before abducting the two.

Faced with serious but non-life threatening injuries, Durham was able to tell authorities that she last saw her son as Belt allegedly forced her over the cliff. She was later transported to University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Police began the frantic search for little James with help from volunteers, helicopters, the National Guard, riders on horseback and K-9 units. The search continued throughout the weekend until James’ body was found early Monday morning in the area of Sparks Ridge and Turkey Foot Roads. His body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort. No immediate cause of death was given.

Belt has since been charged with murder, assault, kidnapping-adult, kidnapping-minor and tampering with physical evidence.

Let’s hope they give this lunatic the death penalty. If not, I’m sure the convicts in prison will beat the hell out of this bastard after hearing what he did to this woman and child.

Rest in peace little buddy…

(h/t Fox News)

God Bless.

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