OFFICIALS: Body of missing TX baby may have been buried for 1 month
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Jeffrey Farrey, the father of missing 5-month-old Jackson Farrey, had his first day in an El Paso court Tuesday morning. Farrey stood to the left of his attorney wearing an orange and white striped jumpsuit with his wrists and ankles shackled.
Farrey was in the Magistrate Court Tuesday requesting a reduction in his bond. He is currently being charged with injury to a child by omission on a $1.5 million bond. His attorney, Joe Spencer was requesting a reduction in the bond to $50,000.
During the hearing, Assistant District Attorney Penny Hamilton revealed that the body of 5-month-old Jackson Farrey had been buried in the desert near Orogrande, New Mexico for approximately one month before authorities found him.
Hamilton said during the trip to the Midwest where Jeffrey and Jenna Farrey were found and arrested, Jeffrey admitted to his parents that after baby Jackson died, he and his wife drove to Otero County in New Mexico and buried his body.
An official cause of death for Jackson has not yet been determined. Hamilton told the judge the autopsy will be completed in a few weeks because additional tests were required.
Spencer argued Jeffrey was not a flight risk and told the judge he waived his right to extradition in Michigan, and voluntarily returned to El Paso. Spencer said Jeffrey was in the Midwest to try to arrange for one of his family members to take custody of 19-month-old Blake Farrey. Hamilton said Blake was extremely malnourished when he was taken into the custody of Child Protective Services in Michigan. She said he is suffering from "failure to thrive."
Spencer said the typical bond for the charge Jeffrey is facing is $50,000, and that is why he requested his bond to be reduced to that amount. Spencer argued that the current bond is excessive, considering his client is still in the military and has no criminal history.
The judge said he will wait for the autopsy report before deciding on Jeffrey Farrey's bond reduction. An examination hearing is scheduled for December 12, where the state will be required to provide evidence.
Jeffrey Farrey and his wife Jenna, along with their two children Blake, 16-months, and Jackson, 5-months, were reported missing November 15th after Jeffrey Farrey failed to report to his post at Fort Bliss. The family was found three days later in Escanaba, Michigan, but their 5-month-old son Jackson was not with them. Four days later, on November 21st, police were led to the remains of a baby's body buried in the desert near Orogrande, NM. It is still unknown who or what lead police to the location in the desert. The body was taken to the University of New Mexico for autopsy, and the results of the autopsy and confirmation that the body was that of Jackson Farrey's is still pending.
Meanwhile, in Escanaba, Michigan, the extradition process for Jeffrey Farrey's wife, Jenna began on Tuesday morning. El Paso County Sheriff's Department confirmed early Tuesday morning that a Sergeant and Deputy are in Delta County, Michigan processing the paperwork to bring Jenna Farrey back to El Paso County via airplane Tuesday afternoon.