Bizarre Details Surface in Boy-Behind-Wall Case

Neighbors saw Georgia boy working on roof
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2014 3:30 AM CST
Bizarre Details Surface in Boy-Behind-Wall Case
The boy's mother hugs him after their reunion in this image from local TV.   (YouTube WebTV21)

While investigators try to untangle the strange case of a 13-year-old boy found hidden behind a fake wall in a Georgia home, the people accused of hiding him aren't going anywhere: Gregory Jean, the boy's father, and his partner, Samantha Joy Davis, have been charged with false imprisonment and child cruelty and were denied bail at a hearing yesterday, WXIA reports. Three juveniles at the home near Jonesboro were also arrested after police found the boy, who was reported missing by his mother four years ago. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Davis is still on probation for a 2006 child abuse case in which she was accused of cutting her 6-year-old son's tongue with heated kitchen shears. She pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for probation.

Davis is accused of beating the 13-year-old boy, who police say was found early Saturday morning after he managed to contact his mother. She alerted officers searching the home to his location in a hidden compartment. Neighbors tell WSB-TV that they had often seen the boy doing yardwork and are shocked to hear he was held captive. One neighbor, however, decided to take a video after seeing the boy doing dangerous work on the roof as the couple looked on. When the "overjoyed" boy was reunited with his mother, "he just couldn't thank us enough," a police spokesman says. Police say it's not clear why she contacted child welfare authorities instead of police when the father refused to return the boy after a 2010 visit, but they speculate it may be because she's an immigrant unfamiliar with the system. (More Atlanta stories.)

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