The boy noticed that Watts was carrying his mother's phone and knew it was hers since the lock screen had a picture of him.
The child of a mother who was found brutally killed and dumped in a shallow grave was crucial in bringing her justice. Jennifer Brown's 8-year-old son was able to locate his mother's cell phone in the possession of the defendant who was eventually charged with her murder. The devoted mother's body was discovered on January 18 after she had been missing since the beginning of the month. Officials credit a key piece of knowledge that her son provided, which was used by investigators to piece together what had occurred on that fateful day, per CBS 12.
The "friend" of Brown, Blair Watts, and Brown had intended to open their own restaurant together, called Birdie’s Kitchen, but their plans were unsuccessful, claim prosecutors.
Heartbreaking details after missing Jennifer Brown’s 8-year-old son helps solve her murder as eerie clue revealedhttps://t.co/SsED6D15z2— 🕷️ Wednesday Addams 🕷️ (@1brattygirl23) February 13, 2023
On January 3, the day Brown went missing, she failed to pick her son up from the bus stop, which many neighbors found to be surprising considering she was an extremely devoted mother. Watts had picked up Brown's son at the bus stop that afternoon. The young child was informed by Watts that his mother was at the grocery store and that he would be spending the night at Watts' house. However, authorities also found it strange that Brown, who people described as an “attentive and loving mother,” had failed to provide Watts with her son’s “necessary daily medications” or change of clothes to wear to school after the sleepover.
After the child was picked up by Watts from the bus stop, both of them stopped by Brown's house. While Watts entered the house, the child waited in the car according to the boy's account to authorities. When Watts returned to the car, the boy allegedly noticed that Watts was carrying his mother's phone and knew it was hers since the lock screen had a picture of him. Cellphone data shows that Brown and Watts' phones were "traveling in tandem" away from Brown's home. The next day, Brown and Watt's cell phones traveled together until around 7 a.m., at which point Brown's phone went dead.
The phone rapidly emerged as the most important piece of information for the detectives. It was the only item missing when her case was searched the day after Watts reported her missing, per NBC. In connection with the death of Jennifer Brown, Blair Anthony Watts was charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, theft by unlawful taking, and improper access to a device issued to another, according to court records.
“For 37 days since this devoted mother was reported missing, detectives have been accumulating evidence, piece by piece, bringing into focus what happened to Jennifer and who murdered her,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said, adding, “Blair Watts murdered Jennifer Brown on Jan. 3rd, then moved her body and ultimately buried her in a shallow grave. He is now behind bars at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.”
Blair Watts charged with the murder of Jennifer Brown. It really was her business partner and friend all along. Thought it was sketchy that he dropped her son off at the bus stop without his medication. Now his children and hers have lost a parent. Montgomery County,… https://t.co/uIFLX8Ex5Q pic.twitter.com/ihSqBTSg4d— Rose (@901Lulu) February 9, 2023
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