By JENNY LANCOUR
For The Daily News
EL PASO, Texas - The father of a missing child whose body was found buried in New Mexico has been charged in connection with the baby's death. The defendant remains lodged in a Texas jail in lieu of a $1.5 million bond.
Jeffrey Farrey, 22, and his wife, Jenna May Farrey, 20, of El Paso, Texas, were arrested in Escanaba on Sunday after police located them at the Eagle's Nest Motel. Last Friday, the couple and their two sons were reported endangered and missing from their home where a suicide note was found.
The father, a soldier from Fort Bliss Army Base, was held in Delta County Jail on a federal AWOL charge. The mother was lodged for being a fugitive of justice on a probation violation relating to a July 2012 charge for abandonment of a child.
Their 19-month-old son, Blake, was taken from their custody and placed under the care of local Child Protective Services. A five-month-old son, Jackson, was not with the couple when police arrested them at the local motel.
On Wednesday, El Paso police recovered a child's body buried in Orogrande, New Mexico.
According to a news release issued by the El Paso Police Department, officials believe the body is Jackson Farrey. The body is undergoing an autopsy at the University of New Mexico's Medical Examiner's office in Albuquerque.
Jeffrey Farrey was extradited from the Delta County Jail to El Paso by military officials earlier this week.
Upon Farrey's arrival in Texas on Wednesday, the El Paso Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit took custody of him. He was booked into the county jail on a charge of injury to a child by omission. According to court records, he is under suicide watch.
According to the Texas statute, a person can be charged with the felony if that person is suspected of intentionally, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act or unintentionally, knowingly, or recklessly by omission, causes serious bodily injury to a child.
Jenna Farrey remained lodged in the Delta County Jail as of this morning, awaiting extradition to El Paso County. During a court proceeding in circuit court on Wednesday, she waived her right to a extradition hearing allowing the judge to issue an order of extradition to El Paso authorities.
The waiver and the order of extradition were authorized by the local court and sent to the governor's office.
Earlier this week in El Paso, an arrest warrant was issued for Jenna Farrey for violating her probation community supervision terms related to the 2012 misdemeanor of abandoning a child with intent to return.