Clayton County police were called to a Jonesboro home to do 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,” Clayton County police Sgt. Kevin Hughes told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “After a brief search of the premises, the officers left without locating the victim.”
Several hours later, the mother calls the police to tell them to return to the home and that her son had called her and told her he was behind a false wall in the home. When the police returned they found the boy, who is now 13-years-old where he said he was.
It is not known at this time if the boy was there constantly or if he was allowed to go to school, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a neighbor said they had seen the boy outside the home on occasion.
Five people were arrested at the home. Three juveniles are facing obstruction charges and the boy’s father, Gregory Jean, 37, and stepmother, Samantha Joy Davis, 42, were charged with false imprisonment and cruelty to children, said Sgt. Kevin Hughes of the Clayton County Police.
Police stated the boy had been reported missing to the child welfare authorities but not to the police, as the mother was an immigrant and unfamiliar with the system. Regardless, the child welfare authorities should have reported him missing to the police. Whether they did or not may be relayed at a future time.