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Police: Investigation into 2 infants' deaths far from over

Greeneville police said the investigation into the deaths of two babies is far from over.

Officials charged Erick Jones Jr. with two felony counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect. The 21-year-old man appeared in court Monday morning, where a judge set his bail at $700,000 and scheduled his next court date for March. Jones said he plans to hire a lawyer.

ID=20710753Currently four investigators are working the case, according to Greeneville police. At this time, authorities aren't releasing many details. Greeneville police said it could take two-to-three months to get the autopsy results back and not to expect more information until after Christmas.

Police are keeping the preliminary autopsies confidential to ensure the investigation's security.

Stepfather suspected in two infants' deaths

Last week, Greeneville police arrested Jones for the deaths of 2-month-old Trinity Jones and 13-month-old Kynsleigh Easterly. The girls had the same mother, but different fathers. The girls' obituaries, published in the Greeneville Sun, list Jones as their stepfather.

Kysnleigh's father Kurtis Lewis said he considered Jones a friend. Lewis said his daughter could put a smile on anyone's face.

"She was always full of joy no matter what. Like she always was smiling, always wanted to be lovable and everything like that. She was always laughing," said Lewis. "No matter how bad of a mood she was in, she always put you in a good mood no matter who you are. The most grumpy person in the world could not resist smiling when they saw her."

Authorities said Jones, the mother, and a total of three children lived the home at 304 North Hardin Street, where the girls were found unresponsive last week.


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