PHOENIX — A young mother was last seen with a former boyfriend who is accused of killing her and had told two people that they were going to get a paternity test for her baby, Phoenix police said Thursday.
Authorities searching a field in Glendale found a burned body tentatively identified as Jasmine Dunbar, 21. The remains were discovered Wednesday after police interviewed the ex-boyfriend, Antwaun Travon Ware, 20.
Ware “admitted he had a physical altercation with Jasmine and punched her a number of times with his fist,” police said in a probable cause statement.
After dumping Dunbar’s body and setting it on fire, Ware took a “back way” to reach his girlfriend’s house because it was close to where he had dropped off the baby and officers were in the area, the document said.
Dunbar’s 7-month-old daughter was found abandoned in a car seat along a street about 4 miles from her mother’s home, police said. The paternity of the child “was in question,” Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said Thursday.
Another ex-boyfriend of Dunbar’s and her godmother separately told police that they last saw Dunbar leaving her apartment with Ware and that she said she and Ware were going to do the paternity test, the document said.
Dunbar and Ware left the apartment she shared with her godmother about an hour before the infant was found with a diaper bag and Dunbar’s backpack, which contained her wallet and ID, according to the probable cause statement.
“Jasmine was never seen or heard from again,” it said.
Ware was jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping, abandonment of a body and child abuse. His bond was set at $1 million Thursday. Court records show he doesn’t have an attorney yet for his case.