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Father of Malnourished Boy, 12, Found Decomposing in Wis. Home Arrested After 4-Month Manhunt

Romuan J. Moyes, 45, was taken into custody on Sunday by Milwaukee police

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More than four months after a 12-year-old boy's body was found decomposing in a home in Wisconsin, a suspect has been arrested.

Romuan J. Moyes, 45, was taken into custody by Milwaukee police on Sunday, according to the county jail record, and is being held at a $500,000 bond following a months-long nationwide manhunt.

His 12-year-old son, identified as Jacarie Robinson by family, was found in a severely decomposed state, wrapped up in a blanket on a couch at a home in Milwaukee on Oct. 10, the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed, per TMJ4 News.

Robinson’s body was “extremely malnourished and emaciated, with moderate decomposition of the body,” according to the criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE at the time. Authorities believed the boy had died weeks before he was found.

Authorities began searching for Moyes in connection to the boy’s death, which has been investigated as a homicide, per the complaint.

Moyes has been arrested on several felony charges including 1st-degree reckless homicide, three counts of chronic neglect of a child and failure to report the death of a child.

Upon his appearance in court in Milwaukee on Monday, Moyes was issued a court order of no contact with his three surviving children. At the time of the initial criminal complaint, Robinson was the only one of Moyes' children who was under his care.

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His other children were staying with their mom at the time he was looking after Robinson, according to the complaint. His 21-year-old son went to check on the pair on Oct. 10 after he was left concerned when Moyes didn’t answer his texts.

"It [doesn't] even feel real," Robinson’s brother Jordan told TMJ4 News at the time. "Just from getting the call and then progressing to today, I woke up and I was just really thinking in my thoughts like, 'Dang my little brother's really gone.' "

"I was at work and I got the call and just, man, traumatizing," Jordan told Fox 6. "I definitely want answers. It hurt me just as much as it hurt anybody else."

Moyes is due to appear in court for the preliminary hearing on March 4. If he is convicted, he could face a $45,000 fine and up to 82 years in prison, the district attorney's office said, per TMJ4.

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