EL PASO, Texas - Jeffrey Farrey, the father of a deceased infant found buried in the desert, was indicted by a grand jury this week on one count of injury to a child by omission, reported the El Paso Times.
The indictment charges the father with causing serious bodily injury to 5-month-old Jackson Farrey by omission, by not providing medical care, control and protection while he had assumed care of the child on Oct. 27.
Farrey and his family were reported as endangered and missing from their El Paso home last month. A few days later, on Nov. 17, they were located at the Eagle's Nest Motel in Escanaba.
Farrey, a specialist at Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso, was arrested on an AWOL charge. His wife, Jenna Farrey, was arrested on a probation violation relating to child abandonment charges from 2012. They have both been extradited from the Delta County Jail to the El Paso County Jail.
The couple's 20-month-old son Blake Farrey, who was with them in Escanaba, has been under the care of Child Protective Services.
On Nov. 20, the body of an infant who police believe to be Jackson was found buried in a New Mexico dessert. Autopsy results have not been released.
Jeffrey Farrey's indictment was filed Wednesday and assigned to the 384th District Court in El Paso County. His bond remains at $1.5 million.
During a hearing in El Paso County earlier this month, Assistant District Attorney Penny Hamilton said it was believed that Jackson had been buried in the desert almost a month before the remains were found.
Jeffrey Farrey has spent most of the past year away from home either in Afghanistan or out-of-town for military training, including a recent trip in October, according to his lawyer, Joe Spencer. During those trips, Jeffrey Farrey left children with Jenna Farrey, who is being held without bond for violating her probation.