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Disturbing new details in murder of KY child

James Spoonamore and his mother, Jessica Durham (Source: WLEX) James Spoonamore and his mother, Jessica Durham (Source: WLEX)
James Spoonamore (Source: Sandgap Fire Department) James Spoonamore (Source: Sandgap Fire Department)
Lonnie Belt is charged with kidnapping and murder. (Source: Jackson County Detention Center) Lonnie Belt is charged with kidnapping and murder. (Source: Jackson County Detention Center)

MCKEE, KY (WAVE) - Police released more details in the death of a five-year-old Kentucky boy found murdered in Jackson County.

Lonnie Belt was charged with murder Monday after police found the body of James Spoonamore.

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According to the arrest report, Belt admitted to kidnapping the child and his mother, Jessica Durham, before taking them to a secluded, wooded area Friday morning.

Police say Belt pushed Durham off a cliff. She survived and was spotted by a group of hikers. Right now she is in critical condition at UK Hospital.

The report also says Belt took Spoonamore to a different area where he hit the child in the head multiple times with a metal object and left the body.

Search crews looked for the boy for days before making the tragic discovery of his body, not far from where his mother was found.

Police say Durham gave them Belt's name from her hospital bed.

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Officers believe it all started with a fight over money. Belt was considered a family friend.

Belt is due in court Sept. 18 on murder and kidnapping charges.

The NBC affiliate in Lexington, WLEX, found out there are counselors at McKee Elementary, where Spoonamore had just started preschool.

Employees at the Jackson County Library called the child a 'ray of sunshine' and said he used to come in a lot with his mother, who worked there last year.

There is a GoFundMe account set up to help pay for the child's funeral.

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