A mother of three children in Northampton County is behind bars after allegedly killing her youngest daughter’s father early Monday morning.
Bethlehem police claim Ebony Jones, 31, told 911 dispatchers that she had thrown two knives at Ismail Bonets, 37. “She indicated to our 911 center, ‘I threw a knife at him. He’s not breathing,'” said Detective Moses Miller, Bethlehem Police Department.
The call came in just before 2:00 a.m.
According to police, Bonets was in town from Bronx, New York, for his daughter’s parent-teacher conferences.
He arrived late Sunday night, and according to court records, the pair started fighting the moment he entered Jones’ home in the 1200 block of Woodbine Street.
Records indicate that Jones told police she threw the knives after Bonets came at her.
When she turned to run away, she heard Bonets call her name before he collapsed to the kitchen floor, according to investigators.
Officers on scene reported finding Jones motionless and with a stab wound to the chest. He was later pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill, Lehigh County.
A bloody knife was found on top of the stove in Jones’ home, police said.
Jones was arraigned in front of a district judge Monday afternoon, charged with one count of criminal homicide.
Inside the courtroom, Jones asked the judge if her three children could attend Bonets’ funeral.
Throughout the arraignment, Jones was visibly upset and at times cried and shook uncontrollably.
Longtime friend Micia Best tried to comfort her by saying, “Just pray, Ebony.”
Jones told the judge she pleaded guilty to a harassment citation two weeks ago.
Investigators are calling the killing a tragic domestic abuse incident, though Bethlehem police indicated no prior calls involving Jones and Bonets.
According to friends, the pair split about a year ago and “fought like any other couple.”
Those same friends said Jones moved from Bronx about six years ago and lived at her current residence for the last two years.
She lived there with her three children, ages 6, 9 and 11. All three children were home at the time of the attack but were uninjured, according to police.
“We have a situation where the caretaker of these children is now in custody, which means these kids are innocent victims of this tragic domestic violence incident,” said Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.
Jones was committed to the Northampton County Prison without bail.
Her preliminary hearing is set for December 15, 2014.