Grand jury indictments indicate that four of the five South Carolina children who allegedly died at the hands of their father were strangled and one was beaten.

The State newspaper reported the information Thursday (http://bit.ly/1AcwOnP).

This is the first time any information has been released about how the children died.

Authorities say 33-year-old Timothy Ray Jones Jr. killed his children at their Red Bank home in late August, and drove around with their bodies in trash bags in his SUV for nine days before dumping them in a field in rural Alabama.

He was arrested in Mississippi after a deputy said he smelled the stench of death coming from the SUV at a traffic checkpoint.

Jones has been charged with five counts of murder.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com