(ABC NEWS) A father accused of killing his five small children has not said why he allegedly murdered them, an emotional sheriff said today, but the sheriff said the dad appeared "disoriented" when stopped by cops and that they found synthetic marijuana known as "spice" in his car.
Timothy Ray Jones Jr. will be charged with five counts of murder, Acting Sheriff Lewis McCarty of Lexington County, S.C., said at a news conference today. The children ranged in age from 1 to 8.
Authorities also revealed that one of Jones' neighbors made a complaint on Aug. 8 "regarding some type of abuse from the father to the children," a Department of Social Services official said. Officials investigated that day, but found no reason to immediately remove the children from Jones' care. The case was still open and a second visit was expected to be scheduled, the official said.
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