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Suspect in toddler’s suspicious death case facing new child abuse charges

Suspect in toddler’s suspicious death case facing new child abuse charges

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Kalamazoo County man who is a suspect in the mysterious death of his toddler is now facing charges in an unrelated case. However, these new charges are the same thing one family has been accusing Jarrod Elliot of for years.

Jarrod Elliott bonded out of the Kalamazoo County Jail on fourth degree child abuse charges Monday. The family of Ava Jones says child abuse is what Elliott should've been arrested for years ago.

The Newschannel 3 I-team took a closer look at the mysterious death of Ava Jones back in November 2016.

Ava was just 19 months old when she died in the custody of her father, Jarrod Elliott.

That case was inconclusive but Elliott told police back then he was rough housing with his toddler.

This time, Elliot was arrested on fourth degree charges of child abuse.

Ava's family tells the I-Team, this case involves Ava's brother who is Elliott's son.

The mother of the children told the I-team back in November, she believes police have all the evidence they need.

“I just don't understand why somebody who has common sense would lay a baby down knowing that she had an injury,” says Emily McCarty.

The McCarty family says just like Ava back in 2013, this time Elliott's son came home with bruises after a court approved visitation.

Elliott has a long criminal history including charges of domestic violence and breaking and entering. While the new charges of child abuse work their way through the court system, the McCarty family hoping this case doesn't fall through the cracks.

Jarrod Elliott bonded out of the Kalamazoo county jail today on Monday. His next court date is July 25th.

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