Police say they have arrested five people including the father of a 13 year-old boy reported missing by his mother four years ago after they found the teenager hidden behind a “false wall” in the father’s Atlanta-area home.
A 13 year-old boy has been reunited with his mother after police found the boy falsely imprisoned behind a fake wall in the home of the boy’s father, Gregory Jean, 37, who was arrested along with the step-mother, Samantha Joy Davis, 42, and three other people charged in connection with the incident.
Police reportedly searched the father’s home unsuccessfully finding the missing teen at first but later returned back to the home after receiving text messages believed to be from the boy’s mother which then prompted the Georgia cops to look into different areas of the home where they fortunately found the 13 year-old hidden in a dark attic-like hiding place above the home’s garage.
The teen hadn’t been seen by his mother in Florida since 2009 when he went on an arranged visit to see his father in Georgia.
The teen is seen here in a photo with his hero, Clayton County Sgt. Joanne Southerland, the cop that discovered him in the hidden crawl space.
Southerland decided to return to the home after officers didn’t find the boy the first time when reportedly, en-route, she got what is believed to be texts from the boy’s mother.
Reportedly neighbors had seen the boy playing outside and was unaware of any wrongdoings of their neighbor.
It is unknown whether the boy was subject to any abuse in the home, but, when re-united with his mother, he was captured on video saying to her that someone (unable to be transcribed) punched him when the police had left the home the first time after unsuccessfully finding him.
The father and step-mother are being held without bond and have a court date scheduled for December 9th.