Smith County Sheriff's Office, Associated Press
This Sunday, Sept. 6, 2014 photo made available by the Smith County Sheriff's Office shows Timothy Ray Jones Jr. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, authorities said the father of five children whose bodies were found in Alabama has been charged with child neglect and that other charges are pending.

LEXINGTON, S.C. — Officials 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 lay wrapped in individual 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 has been charged with child neglect and is awaiting extradition to South Carolina from Mississippi. He has been jailed there since Saturday on a drunken-driving charge.

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.