(KMOV) – Murder charges have been filed against a man accused of killing Ebony Jackson, the slain mother of an infant abandoned in St. Ann apartment complex earlier this year.
Dyanthony Proudie, 40, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
According to police, Jackson was visiting the St. Louis area and wanted to meet up with Proudie, who was a former acquaintance.
Authorities said Jackson had her 3-month-old son, Donovan Prom, with her when they went to an apartment in the 4100 block of Ashland on Jan. 2. The apartment was located in a building owned by Proudie, police said.
According to court documents, Jackson wanted to take a bath. While she was preparing the tub, Proudie shot her one time in the head near her left ear.
He then removed Jackson’s body from the apartment and placed her in the trunk of her car, which was later found in a north St. Louis neighborhood.
The search for Jackson started the morning of January 4 after Prom was found at the Hickory Trace apartment complex in Breckenridge Hills. He was in a car seat, with a blanket over him and a bottle of milk by his side.
A resident of the complex found the child as he was going to work and called police.
Officers were able to find Jackson’s vehicle with the help of a GPS tracking device, which are installed in vehicles to allow it to be located if payments are not made.
Her infant son was not injured in the incident. The child is now in the custody of family members.
Jackson is a former resident of East St. Louis, Ill., who was living in Oklahoma City at the time of her death.
Proudie is in jail and does not yet have an attorney.