Jaquest Norris (Credit: Atlanta Police Department)
Photo: Atlanta Police Department
Photo: Atlanta Police Department

Suspect arrested in death of 9-month-old Atlanta boy

Eighteen days after the death of 9-month-old Monte Jones, the man Atlanta police believe is responsible has been arrested.

The Atlanta Police Department announced on social media Sunday the arrest of 26-year-old Jaquest Deeric Norris, who was charged earlier in the week with Jones’ Nov. 11 death. The department said Norris was “picked up” by its fugitive unit and interviewed by homicide detectives before being taken to the Fulton County jail on murder charges.

Specifics about where and how Norris was found were not provided.

According to police, Monte Jones’ mother went to work Nov. 9, leaving him and her two other children in the care of a neighbor at her Campbellton Road apartment. Several hours later, she got a call summoning her to the hospital.

Monte — who showed signs of blunt force trauma and sexual assault — died two days later. Police have not provided further information about what they believe happened to the child.

Monte’s mother previously said she believed Norris is related to the neighbor who was caring for her children. Jail records suggested Norris was also wanted out of Escambia County, Fla.

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