Bond lowered for mother charged in apartment fire deaths - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Bond lowered for mother charged in apartment fire deaths

A Memphis mother accused of neglect and charged with leaving two boys home alone on New Year's eve did not have custody of her children. The children were in town visiting their mother for the holidays.

The two children live in Cosiesco, Mississippi with their grandmother, who is the defendant's mother.

The mom, Aundria Jones, picked up the children on Christmas so she could be spend time with them for the holidays.

The two brothers, 7-year-old Christian Griffin and 4-year-old Romello Winters, were not with their mother when the apartment caught fire New Year's morning.

Investigators said 29-year-old Aundria Jones was at a nightclub downtown ringing in the new year.

Today in court she cried as her lawyer and mother asked the court to bring down her bond so she could get out of jail and attend her childrens' funeral.

The Judge set bond at $50 thousand dollars. Her attorney, K. Jayaraman, said she should be out by the end of the day. 

"It's very painful for my client to deal with that situation we want to help her overcome that pain at least temporarily bury the children and she's entitled to a very effective defense," Jayaraman said. 

Jones is charged with two counts of negligent homicide. That carries a maximum sentence of six years each. 


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