Case worker: Dad overwhelmed before 5 kids killed
COLUMBIA, SC - The South Carolina man accused of killing his five children and dumping their bodies in Alabama was an ex-convict whose homes were visited by social workers a dozen times in the last three years.
Records released Thursday by South Carolina social workers show the children seemed happy and well-adjusted despite occasional spankings, and the family took a summer trip to Disney World and the beach.
The documents also show Timothy Ray Jones Jr. was a single father and computer engineer trying to raise five children. A social worker wrote after the final visit Aug. 13 that Jones "appears to be overwhelmed as he is unable to maintain the home, but the children appear to be clean, groomed and appropriately dressed.
Jones is being brought to South Carolina to face charges.