Documents: Tim Jones, Jr. was 'highly intelligent, responsible father'

Published: Sep. 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Court documents from Lexington County shed new light on the relationship between a woman and a man accused of killing his five children.

Tim Jones, Jr. filed for divorce from his wife, Amber M. Jones, on July 11, 2012 following allegations that the mother had an affair. The divorce was finalized on Oct. 15, 2013.

Two temporary orders were also issued during the divorce process: one on July 30, 2012, saying that it was in the best interest of the children that they be placed with the father, and another on April 3, 2013 after the fifth child was born so a Guardian ad Litem could be appointed for all five children.

In the end, both parties agreed to have joint custody, but the children would be placed primarily with the father. The mother, meanwhile, would have supervised visitation with her children at least every other weekend.

An affidavit inside the divorce file also said the Department of Social Services had previously investigated the mother for possible neglect.

That affidavit described Tim Jones, Jr. as a "highly intelligent, responsible father capable of caring for his children."

"He's no stranger to responsibility," the affidavit said. "His thoughts are very detailed and focused on his children."

Jones is listed as an engineer with Intel in Columbia, making made more than $70,000 per year. According to the filing, Jones' wife did not have a job or a driver's license.

Jones and his wife divorced in October, and records note his wife was having an affair with a neighbor. Jones was given primary custody, and the therapist called him a "responsible father."

The mother of those five children would later file a missing persons report on Sept. 3 claiming that she hadn't heard from Tim in several days.

On Sept. 9, Tim Jones, Jr. led law enforcement agents to the bodies of five children found decomposing in trash bags in a rural area of Alabama.

Tim was being held on Tuesday at the Smith County Jail in Raleigh, Miss. on charges connected to a motor vehicle public safety checkpoint.

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