The man sentenced in the death of toddler Lonzie Barton wrote two letters from prison to Action News Jax.
Ruben Ebron shares the blame for the child’s death in the letters to Action News Jax reporter Bridgette Matter.
Ebron is at the Arcadia Florida Prison serving a 20-year sentence for his role in Lonzie’s 2015 death.
Ebron wrote about Lonzie’s mother, Lonna Lauramore Barton. He claimed she knew more about her son’s death than she led on.
“What also made keeping quiet easier, was Lonna saying, “We need to stick together.” And when authorities started talking about possible murder charges and the death penalty, remaining quiet at that point was a no-brainer.”
Ebron wrote about Lonna Lauramore Barton’s fake pregnancy, “I was relieved that she wasn’t. Why? Who wants their baby to be born addicted to drugs?? Because everyone knows before Lonna got locked up, she was getting higher than a giraffe.”
In the two letters, Ebron pins blame on Lonzie’s father, Chris Barton, who is in prison for drug charges. He claimed Barton may have played a role in Lonzie being sick in the days leading up to his death.
“They never told you that when Lonna and I picked Lonzie and (his sister) up from Chris, a week before July 23rd, that he had bruises and the top of his head was soft," Ebron wrote. "Lonna noticed that a few minutes after we got home. I told her then, that she needs to do something about that.”
Matter asked Ebron why people should believe him since he’s lied before. He didn’t have much of an answer.
Ebron also wrote about the new warrant for a 2006 sexual assault case against him.
Ebron said investigators have been visiting him in jail about the sexual assault case.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that there is still an outstanding warrant for Ebron’s arrest. However, Ebron said the sexual assault claims against him are completely made up.
Action News Jax asked when Ebron could be moved to Leon County to face those claims, but the Department of Corrections couldn’t answer.
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