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3 charged in death of girl

New Jersey police identified a child whose skeletal remains were found in 2005 and charged three people, including her aunt and uncle, with covering up her death.

Authorities said the body was that of 9-year-old Jon-Niece Jones, who was abused and died at her aunt's New York City home in August 2002, acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Wednesday.

Investigators allege the girl's mother, uncle, and aunt's husband then drove her body to New Jersey, set it on fire and left it in an Upper Freehold Park.

"The family members of Jon-Niece Jones turned a blind eye to the constant physical and mental abuse this girl endured for years," said Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, which investigated the case with the county prosecutor's office. "Because of the hard work by investigators, these three suspects will now have to answer for their alleged unthinkable actions."

Jon-Niece's aunt, Likisha Jones, 39, of Manhattan; her uncle James Jones, 35, of Brooklyn; and Likisha Jones's husband, Godfrey Gibson, were arrested Tuesday on charges of hindering apprehension, tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice. -- AP

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