Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspects Kept to Themselves, except the Son

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspects Kept to Themselves, except the Son

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BRUNSWICK - Neighbors of the family arrested in connection with the death of Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. said the Edenfields usually kept to themselves, although the son, registered sex offender George D. Edenfield, was often seen staring at neighborhood children.

Acquaintances of Edenfield family friend Donald C. Dale, meanwhile, mostly expressed surprise at his arrest. They described him as a kind, mentally-challenged man who stayed out of trouble and often went out of his way to help people.

Edenfield, 32, his parents, David H. Edenfield, 58, and Peggy Edenfield, 57, and Dale have been arrested in connection with the boy's March 8 disappearance and the subsequent discovery of his body in a Glynn County field on Thursday.

The 6-year-old boy was last seen alive in the Canal Mobile Home Park off Canal Road where he, much of his extended family and the Edenfields lived.

The elder Edenfields and Dale, 34, are each charged with concealing a death, obstruction of an officer and making a false statement to police. George Edenfield has been charged with violating probation by living in close proximity to children under age 18.

Glynn County police Chief Matt Doering said he expects all four will be charged with murder.

Residents on Horseshoe Lane where the Edenfields lived said the father was a quiet man who worked at a nearby fast-food restaurant and who kept to himself and stayed out of sight.

Superior Court records show that David Edenfield was arrested for committing incest against his daughter in 1993, and that he pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 10 years' probation in 1994.

But it was the son, George Edenfield, who bothered the neighborhood most.

"I know the boy was weird," Horseshoe Lane resident Leland Ferguson said. "He'd come up to the school bus stop and googly-eye the children."

Christopher's grandmother, Sue Rodriguez, who lives across the street from the Edenfield mobile home, said she often warned the boy to stay away from George Edenfield. …

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