• Witness says Lonzie Barton looked pitiful in the hours before he disappeared

    By: Catherine Varnum


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the first time, one of the last people to see Lonzie Barton alive is sharing what she saw in the hours before the toddler vanished.

    Action News Jax's Catherine Varnum interviewed Brittany Kelly at the Duval County Jail. Kelly was very candid and described Lonzie as looking pitiful in the hours before he disappeared.

    Kelly said she drove Lonzie and his mother, Lonna Lauramore Barton, to a store to get something that day and only spent about 30 minutes with them.

    She said she told Lonzie's mom something wasn't right with the boy, but said Lauramore Barton seemed to brush it off.

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    Kelly also said she gave Lonzie some ear medicine and then left the two to continue on with her day.

    Since all this happened last July, Kelly had moved to Las Vegas and said she was brought in by the State Attorney's Office to testify in Ruben Ebron's trial, which was supposed to start this week.
    But Kelly was arrested on unrelated charges over the weekend.

    Barton's attorney would not comment on Kelly's statements.
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