Family members of the the Meeker teenager allegedly found living in a barn and near starvation last summer appeared in Lincoln County District Court Tuesday on felony child neglect charges.
The boy's father and stepmother were expected to enter pleas during scheduled arraignments, but their cases have been continued until July. One of the boy's step-siblings charged in the case did enter a not guilty plea and is now scheduled for a jury trial in October.
The then-15-year-old boy, known as “JJ,” weighed just 80 pounds when he was taken into protective custody on July 12, 2018. According to investigators working the case, twigs and leaves were found in that teen's stomach and he remained hospitalized for quite some time as part of his recovery and was then placed in protective custody.
The teen’s father, stepmother and two older step-siblings were charged in the case last summer.
The father, Jimmy L. Jones Sr., 35, appeared in court Tuesday, where his arraignment was continued until July 2.
The arraignment for teen's stepmother, Amy A. Jones, 47, is now scheduled July 9.
According to Lincoln County District Court records, cases for the teen’s two step-siblings, Jonathan Luke Plank, 21, and Tyler Joe Adkins, 25, also are continuing.
The next court date isn't listed for Plank, but Adkins' case is currently scheduled for a jury trial in October.
Charges in this case — and the boy’s rescue — were the result of law enforcement and DHS visiting the family 's rural home in Meeker on July 12, 2018, after a passerby called authorities with concerns about the boy.
The teen had reportedly been sleeping in a barn with farm animals and was suffering from severe malnutrition.
Even though the family home was found to be stocked with food upon a search warrant, doctors indicated the boy was within a week of dying had he not been hospitalized, investigators reported.
Watch for updates.