A boy who went missing was rescued after four years, according to the New York Daily News. The now 13-year-old boy was found behind a false wall in the linen closet of a home in Atlanta, Georgia. The youngster was with his father four years ago, and was never returned home to his mom. She reported him missing, and he has not been heard from until now. Police have charged five people in the case, including the boy’s father and step mother. Charges against all five people range from child cruelty to false imprisonment.
Police were alerted to the home after a report of a child being beaten came in. Upon entering the home, police found nothing suspicious. However, a second call sent them back in for another look. According to the report, the boy was able to download an app, presumably on a handheld device or a tablet that he got a hold of. The app allowed him to send a text message to his mother, who called police as soon as she received it.
The missing boy who was rescued after four years had a very emotional reunion with his mom. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police raided the home around 2 a.m. on Saturday. The closet where the child was found was located in the garage. He did not appear to be physically injured, but it sounds like he was treated poorly by whomever was living in that house with him.
Officers were awaiting a search warrant to search the rest of the house as of 7:30 a.m. It is presumed that their investigation has concluded, but that has not been confirmed. As you can imagine, the boy’s mother is thankful to have her son home, and the boy is happy to be free from the conditions where he was being kept for the past four years.
The boy who was missing that was rescued after four years did the right thing by trying to get in touch with his mom, though he could have put himself in more danger. Everything worked out, however, and the child will be home just in time for the holidays.
In a similar report by the Inquisitr, a 9-year-old boy went missing after a trip with his father. Evidently, the boy’s dad wanted to spend more time with him since he didn’t have visitation rights, so he sailed with his son to a remote island in the South Pacific. The boy was uninjured.
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