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Boy missing for 4 years found imprisoned in father’s home, reunited with his mother

November 30, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A boy that went missing four years ago on a Saturday morning, has been rescued, by Police in Clayton County, Georgia

Officers first went to the home near Jonesboro,Ga around 11 pm on Friday night to conduct a welfare check on a child.

“Upon initial arrival, responding officers made contact with several occupants at the location who denied having knowledge of any information concerning the victim, After a brief search of the premises, the officers left without locating the victim.” said Clayton county police Sgt. Kevin Hughes.

Around 2 a.m. police received a second call about the boy and returned to the house.  When officers arrived they questioned the adults at the home for several minutes, officers then conducted a search of the house and discovered the child hidden behind a panel behind a linen closet in an insulation area in the garage.

“While at the location during the second call, the victim was able to establish phone contact with his mother and she in turn passed on additional information to the officers on the scene,” Clayton County police Sgt. Kevin Hughes said. “The victim was found behind a false wall within the residence.”

The boy repeatedly thanked the officers, police said.

Police arrested five people at the home, including the boy’s father, 37-year-old Gregory Jean, and 42-year-old Samantha Joy Davis, and charged them with false imprisonment, cruelty to children and obstruction. The other three people arrested were juveniles, Hughes said.

Authorities said the boy was visiting his father from Florida in 2010 and he refused to return him to his mother.

The boy told authorities he used an app on a cell phone to get in touch with his mother.

The boy was reunited with his mother at the Clayton County police department the next morning.

A neighbor told a local tv affiliate that the boy was frequently outside the house, mostly doing yard work but sometimes playing.

Police say they have a lot of unanswered questions and they are working with the boy’s mother.

Authorities said the child’s mother apparently reported the boy missing to child welfare authorities but not to police, possibly because she’s an immigrant unfamiliar with the system.

Deputy Chief Mike register there were too many unanswered questions this morning as to who has custody and why police weren’t brought in earlier.

The boy will likely stay in the custody of Division of Family and Children Services to ensure the child’s safety, the police department’s primary concern.

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