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Farrey case update: Neighbors react to infant body found


EPPD: Body found believed to be that of missing 5 mo. old found in desert near Orogrande, NM

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 7:18pm

A 5-day search for a missing west El Paso baby ends in tragedy.

"A body has been recovered. It is believed to be the body of 5 month old Jackson Farrey," said Darrel Petry, a spokesperson for the El Paso Police Department at a press conference in Orogrande, New Mexico on Wednesday morning.

Investigators found Jackson's remains in the desert west of US 54 in Orogrande, New Mexico, a town 50 miles north of El Paso on Wednesday morning.

They say that officers pinpointed the location late Tuesday evening.

EPPD says they are involved in a multi-agency investigation, including multiple law enforcement offices from Michigan, Illinois, Texas and New Mexico, including FBI and U.S. Border Patrol.

"It was just really shocking to know that someone could do something like that," said Marlene Dominguez, a neighbor of the Farrey family in west El Paso.

Jackson and his family were first reported missing from their west El Paso home on Friday, November 15th.

Two days later, police found his parents Jeffrey and Jenna Farrey, and their 19 month old son Blake at a motel in Escanaba, Michigan.

But baby Jackson was nowhere to be found - his parents were later arrested.

"I don't think anything in this world should be enough to do what you do to your children like that," said Dominguez.

Jeffrey Farrey was booked into the El Paso County Jail on Wednesday afternoon and charged with "Injury to a Child by Omission," and his bond is set at $1.5 million.

Baby Jackson's mother, Jenna Farrey, remains in a Michigan jail where she's being held for violating her probation. She pleaded guilty in January to child endangerment charges, after she left her baby home alone for hours on multiple occasions.

"Two innocent children, they don't have no way to defend themselves," said Rachel Sotillo, another neighbor of the Farrey family in west El Paso.

"To me, when I first heard the story, it was shocking that they had kids because not once did I see them with any of their kids," said Dominguez.

Residents in west El Paso say their neighborhood is peaceful and tight-knit, except for the Farreys who were a mystery and weren't very friendly with anyone.

"Some day, I tried to communicate with her (Jenna) and 'Welcome!' because she was new in the neighborhood but she turned the face down and I said, 'Well, forget it,' said Sotillo.

Jackson Farrey's body was sent to the University of New Mexico Medical examiners offices in Albuquerque, NM for a full autopsy.

Blake Farrey was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services back in Michigan.

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