MONROE, LA (KSLA) - For the first time, Allen Mercer's mother is telling her side of the story surrounding the murder of her 6-year-old son more than 20 years ago, and talking about her role in the child's death.
Yvonne Jones is remarried and lives quietly outside of Monroe. She helps out at a local beauty salon. In an exclusive interview with KSLA News 12's Domonique Benn, Jones insists she is not the monster investigators made her out to be.
Yvonne says her 6-year-old son was her life and she couldn't believe doctors were telling her he was gone. Yvonne was arrested the same day as her son's funeral and was in shock. She and her ex-husband Christopher Sepulvado were charged with first degree murder. Sepulvado was sentenced to death. Yvonne's first trial ended in a mistrial. She was later charged and convicted of manslaughter. She was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Yvonne served 7 1/2 years in prison before she was released.
Twenty years later, she still wants people to know that she had nothing to do with the death of her son. It is still difficult for her to talk about the day her 6-year-old son Allen Mercer was dipped into a tub full of scalding water. Yvonne said detectives told her it's not what she did, but what she didn't do.
Yvonne has been out of prison for 11 years and has tried to rebuild her life. She has written a book, "A Time to Heal: The Struggles of a Battered Woman." In the book, she talks about her life with Christopher Sepulvado and how she felt like a prisoner in her own home.
She talks about fearing the man she fell in love with. When told a lot of people say she is playing victim, Yvonne answers by saying she does consider herself a victim and every battered woman is a victim. Still, she also says she feels partly responsible for not getting out of a toxic relationship sooner.
Now she is hoping her book will guide battered spouses into making the right decision.
Yvonne ended her interview by saying, "They are going to be able to see how God took me from a place of brokenness, a place of being battered, a place of mental anguish, and destitute and totally messed up to a miracle, because in my eyes I am a walking miracle."