Dad, Stepmom Charged Over Missing Boy Found in Georgia –

The father and stepmother of a missing 13-year-old boy found behind a fake wall in suburban Atlanta will appear in court on Sunday charged with false imprisonment and cruelty to children. The boy — who had been missing for four years — was found in the early hours of Saturday morning behind a wall camouflaged with towels and later reunited with his mother. Officers arrested the boy’s father and stepmother, 37-year-old Gregory Jean and 42-year-old Samantha Joy Davis, along with three other suspects, Clayton County police Capt. Angelo Daniel told NBC News. Davis and Jean will have their first court appearance on Sunday morning, NBC affiliate WXIA reported.

Neighbors told WXIA they often saw the boy doing yard work and that they were surprised to learn he was allegedly held against his will. “It was a shock to all of us. They were really nice people, very open they said come over anytime you want,” said Julie Pizarro, who lives across the street. “The young man didn’t seem under any distress. I guess you never know what’s behind closed doors.”

Akono Ekundayo, who lives across the street from the house where the boy was found, told WXIA he and his wife saw the boy nearly everyday. “Gosh, it was right under our nose,” he said. “We could have done something.”


— Cassandra Vinograd


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