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Ruben Ebron taken to Baker County for hearing that didn't happen

Suspect in Lonzie Barton's disappearance in jail on child neglect charges

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Ruben Ebron Jr.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Ruben Ebron Jr.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The prime suspect in the disappearance of 21-month-old Lonzie Barton was taken from Jacksonville to Baker County on Tuesday for a violation of probation hearing that never happened.

William Ruben Ebron Jr., 32, was the boyfriend of Lonzie's mother and is believed to be the last person who saw the toddler alive. He has been in the Duval County jail for the past month on two counts of child neglect. Last week, an additional charge of giving false information to police was added.

He is being held in Jacksonville on $100,000 bond, and at Ebron's arraignment, prosecutors asked that before he could be released, he would have to show that any money used was from legitimate sources, not the proceeds of drug sales.

Even if Ebron were to post bond in Duval County, he would still face the Baker County charges, which carry a $37,000 bond. 

News4Jax was told that Ebron's defense attorney withdrew his motion for Tuesday's hearing at the last minute, which surprised even court officials. Ebron was immediately transported back to Jacksonville.