Six-year old boy’s mother and her twin sister are arrested on suspicion of murder after telling police they hadn’t seen the child for two weeks
- Jakee Contreras and her twin sister, Jennifer Contreras, were arrested last week
- Duke Flores, six, has not been seen for approximately two weeks, police said
- Detectives have searched Jakee Contreras’ Apple Valley home for the little boy
- After interviewing family members, officers charged the sisters with murder
- The sheriff’s department declined to say why investigators believe Duke is dead
A mother and her sister have been arrested in connection to the disappearance of a six-year-old boy.
Jackee Contreras, 29, was arrested on Thursday after deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department responded to a residence on Cherokee Avenue.
The officers went to the home following the request for a welfare check from six-year-old Duke Flores’ grandmother, Lydia Gutierrez.
On Thursday deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department responded to a residence on Cherokee Avenue following the request for a welfare check from Duke’s grandmother. Upon arrival, his mother, Jackee Contreras told deputies that Duke had not been seen for two weeks
Upon arrival, Contreras told deputies that Duke had not been seen for about two weeks.
Police immediately began searching the area for Duke, but he wasn’t found.
Contreras was then arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center for child neglect for her delay in reporting her son missing.
Authorities returned to Contreras’ home on Friday and continued their search for the missing boy using K9 units and other first responders.
After interviewing multiple family members, officers then arrested Jackee Contreras’ sister, 29-year-old Jennifer Contreras.
They were both charged with murder and are being held without bail.
Duke’s grandmother, Lydia Gutierrez (pictured), said she hadn’t seen Duke in 10 days. ‘I just want to find him,’ Gutierrez said through tears
Family members have organized their own search teams as they desperately try and find Duke
As of Sunday morning, detectives had not located Duke.
The sheriff’s department declined to say why investigators believe Duke is dead.
Duke’s grandmother, Gutierrez, told KTLA that she hadn’t seen Duke in 10 days.
‘I just want to find him,’ Gutierrez said through tears.
The child’s godfather, Juan Contreras, said he didn’t believe Jackee Contreras would harm her son.
‘That’s her pride and joy,’ Juan Contreras said.
Juan claims that Duke, who has autism, has wandered away in the past.
Family members have organized their own search teams as they desperately try and find Duke.
Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Detective Narcie Sousa at (909) 387-3589 or Sheriff’s dispatch at (909) 387-8313.