EL PASO, Texas - An El Paso man arrested in Escanaba and extradited to Texas is scheduled for a trial this fall in connection with the death of his five-month-old son believed to have been found buried in the desert.
El Paso County officials indicted Jeffrey Farrey, 22, last month on one count of injury to a child by omission. He is scheduled for a trial on Oct. 3 in El Paso County, according to the El Paso Times.
Jeffrey Farrey and his wife Jenna Farrey, 20, were arrested at an Escanaba motel on Nov. 17 after they were reported missing from their El Paso home. Jeffrey, an Army specialist, was arrested for being AWOL from Fort Bliss while Jenna was arrested on a probation violation relating to child abandonment charges in 2012.
On the day of the arrests, officials took custody of the couple's son, Blake, now 20 months old, and placed him under the care of Delta County Child Protective Services. The boy has since been returned to El Paso.
The couple's youngest son, five-month-old Jackson, was not with the family in Escanaba on the day of the arrests. Two days later, on Nov. 20, the body of an infant, believed to be Jackson, was found buried in a New Mexico desert. Officials have yet to confirm the identity of the body or the cause of death.
Court documents indicate Jeffrey Farrey told his father that Jackson had choked to death and Jenna Farrey buried him in the desert at least a month before officials found the infant's body.
Jeffrey Farrey remains lodged in the El Paso County Jail in lieu of a $1.5 million bond. No new charges have been issued against Jenna Farrey who remains jailed in El Paso County without bond, according to the El Paso Times.