VICTORVILLE, Calif. – In a recent court hearing cringe-worthy details of what a mother and aunt did to a 6-year-old autistic boy were revealed.
The mother of Duke Flores, Jackee Contreras, 29, was originally arrested for failing to report her son missing after authorities learned that even his mother had not seen him in two weeks. The discovery was made during a well check requested by Duke’s grandmother in April. At the preliminary hearing on Wednesday, July 11, 2019, Homicide Detective Narcie Sousa, according to the Daily Press report, testified saying that Jackee confessed to the killing of her son.
Jackee and her twin sister, Jennifer who lived together, according to Detective Sousa’s testimony, were hanging laundry outside of their home on April 14th, 2019, Fox 11 News reported. The two ran into the garage when they heard screaming and Jackee told him that he was smothering Jennifer’s infant with a pillow. Jackee said that Jennifer told her that she was going to kill him. According to Jackee, her and her sister put a plastic bag over Duke’s head and wrapped a cord around his neck, using another cord to secure his hands.
He was buried in their Apple Valley backyard wrapped in a blanket and placed in a trash bag. Fox 11 News reported that a week later the pair removed Dukes body because the family dogs were digging in the area. The sisters, while in the company of two of Jennifer’s daughters located a dumpster to dispose of his body, according to the information Jackee’s provided to the detective during an interview.
Video surveillance in the area corroborated her statement to detectives that they had went out with Duke’s body in a wagon attempting to locate a dumpster. The eight-week search for Duke’s body at the Victorville landfill was called off on June 21, 2019.
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