Former St. Charles Man Charged in Infant Son’s Death in Texas

Jeffrey and Jenna Farrey were found with their toddler on Sunday in a Michigan motel; the body of their infant son was found Tuesday in New Mexico desert.

Jeffrey and Jenna Farrey, formerly of St. Charles, Ill. | Credit: El Paso, Texas, Police Department
Jeffrey and Jenna Farrey, formerly of St. Charles, Ill. | Credit: El Paso, Texas, Police Department

A former St. Charles, Ill., couple whose weekend disappearance in Texas sparked a search that led to their discovery with one of their two young sons in Michigan are in custody, and Texas authorities have found the body of their missing 5-month-old.

Jeffrey Farrey, 22, father of the infant whose body was found in the New Mexico desert and identified as missing 5-month-old Jackson Farrey, was arrested Thursday, the El Paso Times reports. He is charged with injury to a child by omission. He is being held in the El Paso County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

Jenna Farrey, 20, formerly of St. Charles, waived extradition Wednesday and is expected back in El Paso soon, according to the Times. She was arrested for probation violation in Michigan on Monday at the request of Texas authorities.

On Friday, the couple, their 19-month-old son Blake, and their infant Jackson were reported missing from their home in West El Paso, Texas, the El Paso Times reported on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

Jeffrey Farrey is assigned to the First Armored Division at Fort Bliss and missed formation on Friday, so a quad was sent to check on his well-being when he failed to respond to phone and text messages, according to kvia.com in El Paso.

No one has said what the squad found in the home, but it alarmed them enough to call El Paso authorities, who launched an intensive search for the family. On Sunday morning, the couple were found with their 19-month-old Blake in a motel in Escanaba, Mich., the El Paso Times reported Tuesday.

Jenna Farrey was arrested in Michigan on Monday for probation violation stemming from a 2012 child abandonment/endangerment case in Texas. She pleaded guilty in January and was on probation when the family disappeared, the El Paso Times reported.

Jenna Farrey was being held in the Delta County Correctional Facility in Michigan, the El Paso Times reported Thursday.


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