THE child of a mother who was found brutally murdered and left in a shallow grave played a key role in bringing her justice, according to officials.
Jennifer Brown’s 8-year-old son identified his mother’s cell-phone in the hands of the suspect who was later charged with her murder, police said.
After she was missing for over a month, the beloved mother’s body was found on January 18 in an industrial complex just 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
Investigators used a piece of information provided by her son to piece together what had happened.
On the afternoon of Jan. 3, Blair Watts, identified as the “supposed friend” of Brown, picked up Brown’s son from the bus stop.
According to prosecutors, Watts and Brown had plans to start their own restaurant together called Birdie’s Kitchen, however, plans fell through.
Watts told the young boy that his mother was at the grocery store and that and he would be sleeping over at Watts’ house that evening.
After he picked him up, the two made a stop at Brown’s home. Watts went inside while the boy waited in the vehicle.
After coming back from the house, the young boy made a keen observation regarding Watts.
The child allegedly told police he noticed that “Mr. Blair” has his mother’s cellphone in his hand.
Supposedly, he recognized that it was his mother’s phone because the lock screen was the child’s school photo.
The following day, Brown and Watt’s cell phone traveled together until about 7am, when Brown’s phone went dark.
The phone quickly became the key piece of evidence for investigators.
It was the only item missing when her case was searched the day after Watts reported her missing.
Yet, the defense is confident that they will be able to present a strong case.
“Their case is circumstantial at best, and we look forward to our day in court,” said Watts’ defense attorney, Christopher Mandracchia.