PHOENIX (KTVK/AP)– The ex-boyfriend of a 21-year-old mother admitted to setting her body on fire and deserting her baby after she asked for a paternity test, according to cops in Arizona.
Authorities discovered Jasmine Dunbar’s body while searching a field in Glendale on Wednesday. The remains were found after police interviewed her ex-boyfriend, Antwaun Travon Ware, 20.
Ware “admitted he had a physical run-in with Jasmine and punched her a variety of times with his fist,” cops said in a likely cause declaration.
After disposing Dunbar’s body and setting it on fire, Ware took a “back method” to reach his sweetheart’s house because it was close to where he had dropped off the baby and officers were in the location, the document stated.
Dunbar’s 7-month-old child was found abandoned in a safety seat along a street about 4 miles from her mom’s home, authorities stated. The paternity of the child “was in question,” Phoenix cops Sgt. Jonathan Howard said Thursday.
Another ex-boyfriend of Dunbar’s and her godmother individually informed cops that they last saw Dunbar leaving her house with Ware which she stated she and Ware were going to do the paternity test, the document said.
Dunbar and Ware left the apartment or condo she showed her godmother about an hour before the baby was discovered with a diaper bag and Dunbar’s knapsack, which included her wallet and ID, inning accordance with the probable cause declaration.
“Jasmine was never ever seen or spoken with once again,” it said.
Ware was jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping, abandonment of a body and kid abuse. His bond was set at $1 million Thursday. Court records show he doesn’t have a lawyer yet for his case.
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