Two Charged After Five Years

The Death of Baby Leonna Wright

Stacie Bartro
July 09, 2020 - 9:46 am
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Two suspects have been charged in the death of a one year old girl who went missing 5 years ago.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office has now confirmed Leonna Wright is dead.

The one year old at the time, disappeared from the Edgewood Square apartment complex in Pendleton on June 6th, 2015. 

Investigators were told Leonna possibly got out through the front door after a 3 year old in the home opened it for her.  The story was later found untrue.    

Wednesday, Anderson County Deputies arrested and charged one of the suspects, Travis Devon Jones, with murder/homicide by child abuse. 

Travis Devon Jones; charged with murder/homicide by child abuse
Anderson County Detention Center

Jones was reported to be watching Leonna prior to her disappearance in 2015 while Kiara Sullivan, her mother, attended a party. 

The 38 year old was booked into the Anderson County Detention Center at 10pm Wednesday night.  He faces 20 years to life.

He is also charged with two counts of failure to pay child support.

The second suspect, Donnie Roderick Jones, brother of Travis, is already serving a prison sentence at the SC Dept of Correcitons. 

Donnie Roderick Jones
SC Department of Corrections

A detainer has been filed on the suspect to be charged at a later date.

In a press conference Thursday, Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said upon Donnie Roderick Jones' release, he will be served with two warrants in the death of Leonna Wright;  Accessory after the Fact and Desecration of Human Remains.

Roderick Jones is serving a two year sentence for 1st Degree Distribution of Methamphetamine.  He is expected to be released fromt the SC Department of Corrections in May, 2021.

 

On Wednesday night, the Tenth Circuit Solicitor's Office released this statement:

"SOLICITOR STATEMENT ON LEONNA WRIGHT  
 
(Anderson, SC).  I am aware that warrants have been obtained by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at the direction of Sheriff McBride in the matter of the tragic case of Leonna Wright.  

As a courtesy to the Sheriff’s Office I agreed to review the Leonna Wright case file prior to any charging decision being made.  

Unfortunately, the Sheriff’s Office has declined to return this courtesy by waiting until my review was complete prior to charging.  

I cannot speak to the appropriateness of these charges until the full review process is finalized to ensure the high standards of evidence that we require for prosecution have been met.  

Therefore, my Office considers this matter to remain an on-going open investigation, and for that reason I will not be commenting further at this time.   
 
Solicitor David R. Wagner  

Tenth Circuit Solicitor"  

 

 

 

 

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