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article imageBoy missing for four years found behind 'false wall'

By Karen Graham     Nov 29, 2014 in Crime
Jonesboro - There were tears of joy Saturday when a mother and her 13-year-old son were reunited after the child went missing four years ago. The boy was found inside a false wall in a Clayton County, Georgia home Friday night.
The child was found crouching down in fear behind a false wall in a linen closet at the home in the 800 block of Duke Court in Jonesboro, Georgia. The home is owned by the boy's father and step-mother. He was reported missing when after a visit, his father failed to return him to the mother four years ago.
Police arrested five people at the suburban Atlanta home, including the boy's father, 37-year-old Gregory Jean, and 42-year-old Samantha Joy Davis, and three juveniles, whose names have not been released. All have been charged with false imprisonment, child cruelty and obstruction of justice, police told WSB-TV2.
The child, whose name has not been made public, was able to contact his sister using a smartphone, and she relayed his message to the mother who lives in Florida. The mom then called the Clayton County Police Department.
Clayton County Police Sgt. Kevin Hughes told reporters the officers went to the home at 11 p.m. Friday night. “Upon initial arrival, responding officers made contact with several occupants at the location who denied having knowledge of any information concerning the victim,” said Hughes. “After a brief search of the premises, the officers left without locating the victim.”
The police returned to the residence about 2 a.m., after the mother called again asking that a second search of the house be made. It was after a repeat round of questioning that officers searching in a linen closet discovered a false wall at the back. The cubby-hole was behind a panel in the insulation area in the garage.
“While at the location during the second call, the victim was able to establish phone contact with his mother She in turn passed on additional information to the officers on the scene,” Hughes said. “The victim was found behind a false wall within the residence.”
There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the missing boy. In 2010, the mother, who is an immigrant, and may be unfamiliar with our justice system, reported the boy missing to child welfare authorities, and not the police, which is strange.
There are also the comments by neighbors, who say they often saw the boy outside playing and working in the yard. They also say they understood the boy was being home-schooled. When asked about the family, neighbors said they had moved into the neighborhood about six months ago.
Police have put the child into the custody of the Division of Family and Children Services to ensure his safety until they get the story all straightened out.
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