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Bail Denied for Parents Accused of Hiding Missing Boy Behind Fake Wall

December 1, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Bail Denied for Parents Accused of Hiding Missing Boy Behind Fake Wall Gregory Jean and Samantha Davis - Image courtesy of abcnews.go.com

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The two Georgia adults accused of hiding a child kidnapped 4 years ago behind a false wall in their home were denied bail Sunday and the father is also being investigated for abusing the 13-year-old boy with a stick.

Gregory Jean and Samantha Davis were denied bail by the judge at a court appearance Sunday morning in Clayton County, reports TV station WSB-TV.

Jean is the father of the unidentified child. He refused to return the boy to his mother when he came for a visit from Florida four years ago, police said.

Jean and Davis, who is the boy’s stepmother, are accused of hiding him behind a false wall inside a linen closet in their Jonesboro home.

The child was able to download an app that allowed him to text his mother and she contacted police who searched the house twice until they finally found him. The child had an emotional reunion with the mother Saturday.

Image courtesy of wsbtv.com

Image courtesy of wsbtv.com

“He just kept saying, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you,'” Officer Daniel Day told the station. “He was just overjoyed that we had found him.”

The two adults along with three juveniles, are facing charges of false imprisonment, obstruction and child cruelty from the incident.

The father is also being accused of striking his son on his legs and backside with a stick, the station reported.

Jean, 37, was arrested for an unspecified charge in 2006, but he told the judge it was a case of mistaken identity and the charges were dropped.

The judge said he wanted to learn more about that incident before allowing Jean to be released, the station reported.

Davis, 42, was convicted of a child cruelty charge in 2006 and was on probation. She is not eligible for parole because of that charge, the station reported.

The two adults will appear in court again on Dec. 9.

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