Pictured: The Father & Step-Mother Who Hid 13-Year-Old Boy Behind Linen Closet For Four Years

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A Clayton County judge denied bond Sunday morning for a couple accused of hiding a 13-year-old boy behind a false wall in their home. Clayton County police say they rescued the 13-year-old boy, who has been reported missing for four years, Saturday morning. Clayton County police Sgt. Kevin Hughes said officers went to the home twice near Jonesboro about 11 p.m Friday and 2am Saturday 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. 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. The victim was found behind a false wall within the residence,” Hughes said.

Police were there to watch the emotional reunion, as the mother pulled her son’s hat back, looked at him and wiped his tears.

“He just kept saying ‘thank you. Thank you. Thank you. He was just overjoyed that we had found him,” Daniel Day with the Clayton County Police Department said.

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Police arrested five people at the home, including the boy’s father, 37-year-old Gregory Jean, and stepmother, 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.

Samantha is accused of hitting the boy with a stick on his legs and backside. Authorities said the teen was visiting his father from Florida in 2010, when the father refused to return the boy to his mother. Police then arrested five people at the home, including the boy’s father, 37-year-old Gregory Jean, and stepmother, 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.

Davis is accused of hitting the boy with a stick on his legs and backside.

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

“I think there may be a cultural issue. She thought she was doing the right thing by calling child support recovery to locate him,” Southerland told Fernandes.

Gregory and Samantha will be back in court on the 9th Dec at 8am.

Source: WBSTV




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