Missing boy's mom faces 5 years for neglect

Posted at 3:56 PM, Mar 02, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The mother of a dead Florida toddler who went missing last summer faces up to five years in prison when she's sentenced later this week.

The Florida Times-Union reports that a Duval County judge will sentence 26-year-old Lonna Lauramore Barton on Friday. She pleaded guilty in January to child neglect and lying to police.

Lonzie Barton was 21 months old last July when Lauramore Barton's boyfriend, William Ruben Ebron Jr., reported him missing.

Ebron pleaded guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter and told authorities where to find the body. He said the boy drowned in a bathtub while he and the mother had sex. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison under a plea deal.

Lauramore Barton still faces drug charges in Baker County.