Law enforcement are always looking for criminals, but when there are four felons on the loose in Lee County, or close-by it’s time for the public to be vigilant.
Jason Wright and Rita Navarrete were living as a couple in a camper, in Nettleton, near the Itawamba County line. They are both wanted for felony child abuse.
“We received an anonymous tip, on our hotline, awhile back about a baby, who was in a camper, so the sheriff and I went to check on it,” said Lee County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Rachel Chambers. “The child was in the care of these two in just really deplorable conditions ... it was just disgusting.”
Navarrete identified herself as the child’s great aunt, she claimed the child’s grandmother was her sister. Law enforcement found out she was not the aunt, but actually the grandmother. The child belongs to Chloe Ledlow.
“Miss Ledlow did arrive on the scene — after meeting with her, talking with her, we determined she didn’t have anything to do with the neglect of the child,” Chambers said.
The mother did leave the baby with Wright and Navarrete under what law enforcement refered to as “desperate circumstances.” With this couple still on the loose, the sheriff’s department couldn’t reveal all the details since this is an ongoing investigation.
“The child tested positive for methamphetamine while in the care of Navarrete and Wright,” Chambers added.
In June of 2018, Navarrete, then 35, of Tupelo, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, drug court violation.
Joshua Crump has been charged with secretly photographing for lewd purposes and distribution of pornography to a minor.
“We received a report, just before Christmas, from a female who said Mr. Crump had secretly video taped her in her bedroom while they were being intimate,” Chambers said. “He later sent the video to her son, who was 17. Mr. Crump has a very violent past.”
In 2018, Crump, was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office on March 28 and charged with two counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance.
Crump was, at last count, living in Alcorn County.
“They (Crump and the victim) were boyfriend, girlfriend for quite awhile and she said he made a joke ‘you can’t leave me — I got that video of you doing ....’ and then later said he was just playing. Next thing she knows the son has the video.”
Don Edward Kimble has been charged with rape. “Mr. Kimble is a registered sex offender who was convicted in December of 1993 in Jefferson County, Ala. for second degree rape,” Chambers said. “He had listed 1500 McCullough Blvd, as his address on his registry. That’s the Super 7 Motel (and at one time Super 6) so I contacted them.
“They said he hadn’t lived there for quite awhile. The phone number he had given is not in operation, and we can’t find utilities in his name, so he’s in the wind.”
Mississippi laws for sex offenders found residing in the state are aggressively enforced.
Those coming to Mississippi from another state must register within ten (10) days. Sex offender registration Mississippi also has a re-registration requirement if a person relocates to another Mississippi county or out of state.
They have to register every 90 days no mater if they’ve moved or not.
There are currently 234 registered sex offenders in Lee County. If you have any information about any of these four felons, call (662) 841-9040 immediately.
“If they have any information — like people they know, where they hang out at, or who they might be related to — that would absolutely be helpful,” Chambers said.