FREEHOLD - Three people had their first day in court in connection with the death of 9-year-old Jon-Niece Jones, who died in 2002 of abuse and neglect before having her body dumped and burned.

Jon-Niece Jones' aunt, Likisha Jones, her uncle, James Jones, and Likisha's husband Godfrey Gibson, are all charged in connection with covering up the death, known as the "Baby Bones" case.

Investigators say they believe that Jon-Niece Jones' mother, Elisha Jones, was actually responsible for the death but she died of an illness in Dec. 2002, only four months after the death of her daughter.

Partial remains of Jon-Niece Jones were found three years after by a hunter in Upper Freehold. The remains were found badly burned. It wasn't until years later through facial reconstruction and DNA that the remains were positively identified.

Police say the three assisted in dumping the body in the woods.

The trio is charged with hindering apprehension, tampering with evidence, obstruction and conspiracy.