Has the Truth about Little Lonzie Barton’s Death Finally Come Out?

By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer


Jacksonville, FL. /Feb. 9, 2016- For six months now, William “Ruben” Ebron and Lonna Lauramore Barton stayed silent about what had happened to the precious blue eyed, blonde hair toddler named Lonzie Barton. According to ActionNewsJax, this vibrant and adorable toddler lost his life on July 23, 2015, when he was reported missing by Mr. Ebron. Then, the boyfriend and mother began lying immediately and the continued lying for the next six months.

According to Jacksonville.com, the police said Mr. Ebron claimed that someone stole his orange Honda Civic with a black hood. He claimed that Lonzie Barton was left in the car, while he admitted that he was inside his apartment using drugs. According to Jacksonville.com, Ruben Ebron has also claimed that the five-year-old sister got out of the car and came inside the apartment, just before the car was allegedly stolen. Police immediately proved he was lying and he was arrested promptly and soon after Lonna Barton was also arrested for two counts of child neglect and lying to police.

However, six months later, we have learned that Lonna Barton has pleaded guilty in January 2016 to child neglect and lying to police. She was given up to a six years sentence and agreed to testify against Ruben Ebron at his trial. According to ActionNewsJax, Ruben began cooperating and led investigators to Lonzie’s body in the Bayard area and the investigator found the toddler under some tires. This innocent toddler won the hearts of the First Coast residents during the last six months.

Unfortunately, the six months that went by before he was found, has made it difficult for the medical examiner to determine this toddler’s cause or time of death. According to News4Jax, little Lonzie did have fractures and broken ribs that were mending, which points to Little Lonzie being abused. Ruben was able to enter a sweetheart plea deal for aggravated manslaughter and he was sentenced to twenty years in a federal prison.

Many of the residents of the First Coast community were stunned and angry with the plea deal he was given by District Attorney Angela Corey and other involved in this frustrating case. According to ActionNewsJax, Ruben pointed fingers at Lonna, because she put Lonzie in the bathtub and locked him in the bathroom. He admitted that they were having sexual relations in the other room, while Lonzie was drowning. According to ActionNewsJax, the couple found little Lonzie dead and they said that they panicked. No one has mentioned where the five-year-old sister was during little Lonzie’s death and her mom and boyfriend was having sexual relations.

Mr. Ebron said Lonna knew Lonzie was dead before she went to work at Wackos Gentleman’s Club. According to News4Jax, co-workers say that she acted as if nothing had happened, while working as a stripper or exotic entertainer that night. According to FCN, this adorable toddler deserved better than being thrown away like trash, which is what ultimately what happened to this adorable little boy. According to News4Jax, this toddler never made it to two-years-old, because the adults around him didn’t put the child first.

The adults could have called an ambulance and took whatever punishment would have been given to them for the drugs and child neglect. Instead, they just lied over and over about every detail of what happened to this toddler. However, according to WOKV, so far witnesses said Lonzie Barton had some type of head injury and that he looked pitiful right before he disappeared.

Therefore, the First Coast residents are not convinced that Ruben Ebron is telling the truth. Additionally, Lonna and Ruben both know what happen to this vibrant toddler, which he may have told the truth. Mr. Ebron may not have told the entire truth, because of the reports of Lonzie’s head injury.

If this was truly an accidental drowning, why did he throw little Lonzie away like he was just a piece of garbage? In addition, if Lonna Barton knew that her baby boy was truly dead; many First Coast residents wonder if she will face additional charges in this case. However, according to ActionNewsJax, currently, she is being in held Baker County on unrelated drug charges with Lonzie’s father Chris Barton. Many residents helped search for this beautiful toddler, actually believe there was no Justice for Lonzie Barton with the plea deals.

According to News4Jax, this precious toddler fell through the cracks and he paid with his life, because everyone in his life failed to help him…even his own drug addicted mother! Baby Lonzie should be celebrating his second birthday and enjoying life, but instead he is waiting to be laid to rest. The witnesses and the family members could have possibly saved his life with one phone call to the proper authorities. May little Lonzie Barton rest in peace, but those who let him suffer will have to live with what they didn’t do to help this precious little boy.


ActionNewsJax (2016) Ebron Points Finger at Lonzie Barton’s Mom in Her Son’s Death

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on Feb.5, 2016




ActionNewsJax (2016) JSO: Lonzie Believed to be Shoved Away, Drowned in Bathtub

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on Feb.5, 2016



News4Jax (2016) Sorting Truth from Fiction in Lonzie’s Death

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on Feb.5, 2016



ActionNewsJax (2016) State Plea Deal Was Only Way We Could Recover Lonzie’s Remains

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on Feb.5, 2016



First Coast News (2016) Ebron led JSO to believed Lonzie Barton remains in Southside woods

Retrieved from World Wide Web on January 12, 2016



Jacksonville.com (2015) Man who reported Lonzie Barton missing charged with neglect; was using drugs at the time, affidavit says

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on July 26th, 2015



News4Jax.com (2015) Lonna Barton’s coworker opens up about the night Lonzie vanished

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015


WOKV (2015) Police: Missing toddler’s mother arrested; toddler was injured before disappearance

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015



  1. It’s so sad what happened to him and how this story is unfolding. It’s possible people will never know exactly what happened or if what is said to have happened is the whole truth or not.

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