LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina man will be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led officials to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies were wrapped in garbage bags.

Acting Sheriff Lewis McCarty of Lexington County said Wednesday at a news conference that Timothy Ray Jones Jr. would be charged with five counts of murder when he arrives in South Carolina. Jones is currently being held in Mississippi.

McCarty says authorities believe that Jones killed the five children at the same time, but he did not say specifically why he thought that. He says authorities are not sure of the motive for the killings.

McCarty says autopsies have been set up to begin Thursday. He says he's unsure when they will be finished, and officials won't comment on any causes of death until then.

McCarty says the children's mother, Jones' ex-wife, is in shock and distraught. The children were ages 1 to 8.

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