Lonna Barton case gets new judge, evidence

Mother of missing toddler, Lonzie Barton, waived appearance at hearing


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Lonna Barton, the mother of missing toddler Lonzie Barton, was assigned a new judge -- the same judge hearing similar charges of child neglect and lying to police against the boyfriend who reported the toddler missing on July 24.

Judge Mark Borello presided over a hearing in the case on Tuesday morning, and another hearing was set for next Monday to schedule arguments on motions, including one by the prosecution to try Barton and her boyfriend, Ruben Ebron, who reported Lonzie missing on July 24.

The State Attorney's Office also released new discovery information in the case against Ebron and Lonna Barton that included sworn statements from witnesses, Barton's cellphone records, a proposed supervised, safety focused parenting plan and recorded conversations between Ebron and Barton.

Ebron: "Do you believe what they're saying, that it was an accident, that I know where he's at?"

Barton: "I believe that if you knew where my baby was that you love me enough that you would tell me. I really do. I don't see you being able to do that to me. And if I'm wrong, then you've got the Lord to answer to for that. That's how I see it."

Ebron: "You're wrong."

Barton: "If I'm wrong, but that's my feelings."

Barton was free on bond last month on the Duval County charges related to Lonzie's disappearance when Baker County deputies arrested her and Lonzie's father, Chris Barton, on charges of possession and intent to distribute synthetic narcotics.

Lonna Barton's bond was revoked and she remains in the Baker County Jail.

Their arrests came hours after the couple appeared in family court both asking for custody of their 5-year-old daughter, who has been in the custody of a grandmother since the day after Lonzie disappeared.

Lonna Barton was charged with child neglect because police said she left her son in the care of Ebron and went to work the night of July 23 even though boy had apparent injuries to his head and fluid running out of his ears. 

Barton's attorneys dispute the allegations.