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Woman Charged in Death of Fifth-Grader

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- A family acquaintance has been charged with capital murder in the death of Jonathan Foster, a 12-year-old Texas boy missing since Christmas Eve, according to local media reports.

Mona Yvette Nelson, 44, an acquaintance of the missing boy's family, was named a person of interest early Wednesday and questioned by police, reported ABC News station KTRK in Houston. The Harris County, Texas, District Attorney's Office later told KTRK that it had accepted capital murder charges against Nelson.

The Houston Chronicle, citing police, reported Nelson was arrested Wednesday morning at her home.

Nelson's truck was seen on surveillance video from an office video near where Texas authorities found a burned body on Tuesday five miles from the fifth-grader's home.

Though Nelson has been charged, the body has yet to be identified, according to the reports.

"The that of a child, but it was so badly burned that we can't determine the gender or identification," Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith told ABC News before the arrest was disclosed.  "The Medical Examiner's office has that unfortunate task to determine, and until that happens, we are treating these two incidents as separate cases.

"We are still running leads down on Jonathan Foster, and we'd very much like to find him alive," he said at the time.

A Houston 911 emergency supervisor declined to confirm or deny the report of Nelson's arrest directly to ABC News Wednesday evening. She referred all calls to the police media relations department, but a voicemail message indicated the department was closed.

Calls made to the Houston Medical Examiner's office were not immediately returned.

Jonathan is believed to have been last seen Christmas Eve at 1:45 p.m. by his stepfather, but a disturbing phone call between the child and his mother had authorities worried.

An Amber Alert was issued for Jonathan Foster Monday afternoon.

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