A 13-year-old boy who had been reported missing four years ago was discovered alive, hidden behind a fake wall of a home near Atlanta, Georgia, and reunited with his mother early on Saturday, police said.
According to authorities, the mother reported the boy missing to child welfare authorities but not to police, possibly because she’s an immigrant and is not familiar with the system and procedures to follow.
Jean and Samantha Joy Davis face charges of false imprisonment, cruelty to children and obstructing an officer, he said, adding that three juveniles also in the home were facing obstruction charges. The teen was apparently able to get to a phone recently and contacted his mother with his whereabouts, authorities said.
Clayton County police went to the home on Friday to look for the 13-year-old but Jean and Davis said they had no information about the boy, Hughes said. They discovered him hidden behind a false wall in the interior portion of the home,” he said.
The boy appeared to be in good physical health and was reunited with his mother, who had come to Georgia from out of state, Hughes said.