This horrifying story may finally be coming to an end. Charges have been filed against Mona Yvette Nelson, 44, in the Christmas Eve murder of 12 year old Jonathan Foster.
Jonathan was abducted from his home, murdered and his body was burned and dumped in a ditch on a night when most children were enjoying the Christmas holidays and creating memories with their families. Now Jonathan’s family will be living through the tragic nightmare of losing a child, under the most unusual of circumstances.
It seems that Nelson had a connection to the family through young Jonathan’s baby sitter. It is not known if the victim was sexually assaulted. Autopsy results are pending.
Mona Nelson had a rap sheet that dated back to 1984 and had previously spent time in prison.
According to investigators, Nelson is a family acquaintance from the North Forest area.
Nelson was being held Thursday in Harris County Jail without bond. She was not present for her probable cause court appearance Thursday morning. Her next court appearance is slated for Monday, January 3rd.
Officials said surveillance video from an office building near the culvert where a burned body was found captured images of Nelson’s truck as she disposed of the body in the ditch.
The body was spotted by a passerby Tuesday morning in a ditch in northeast Houston near the Hardy Toll Rd. It was charred beyond recognition and dental records had to be used to determine identity.
Harris County Insititute of Forensic Sciences identified the body late Wednesday as Jonathan’s. It was a discovery his loved ones had been fearing and police have been expecting.
Jonathan was last seen alive Christmas Eve. His mother first told investigators he was with a babysitter, but she later admitted he was home alone.
Nelson’s criminal record dates back to 1984 with charges for criminal mischief, aggravated robbery, possession of marijuana, passing a bad check, theft and terroristic threat. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, she was found guilty of aggravated robbery in 1984. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the same charge in 1991, possibly for probation violation, officials said.
Nelson was in TDCJ custody 1991-94 and was paroled through October 2001.
There is real evil in this world, and Mona Nelson is an example of why each of us needs to hold our children close. Love and protect them every day because predators like Nelson are more common than we would care to imagine.