Case of mother who left children alone on New Year's handed to grand jury - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Case of mother who left children alone on New Year's handed to grand jury

Andria Jones tears up as she appears in court on Thursday. Andria Jones tears up as she appears in court on Thursday.

Thursday, a judge ruled that there is enough evidence to hand the case of Aundria Jones up to a grand jury.

New Year's day Jones two sons died in an apartment fire while she was celebrating at a local club.

Jones cried as lawyers talked about the night her sons died.

"There can not be a more painful punishment to her than that what she really went through and is going through right now," attorney K. Jayaraman

Jayaraman said Jones was devastated by the tragic fire deaths of her two young sons.

Jayaraman argued the prosecution's charges of criminally negligent homicide is not appropriate for what he described as the mistake Jones made.

"There is no gross negligence in the case even though we all feel that it is not appropriate for the parents to leave the children alone. I agree with that, but there is no gross negligence as is required under case law,"

Prosecutors used witness testimony to make their case that Jones was criminally negligent when she left her 4-and 7 year old home alone to go out partying.

Jones attorney countered by saying that Jones having to live with the consequences of that night will do more than any jail cell ever could.

"She a lady who found the two children dead when she came back...it's a very very devastating thing for any mother to go through," Jayaraman said.

Now it will be up to a grand jury to decide Jones' case. 

Jones' attorney told me he expects the grand jury to act on the case during the next several months.

Meanwhile, Jones is out on bond.


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