Police in Georgia discovered a boy overnight Friday who had been missing for four years, finding him behind a false wall in a home in Clayton County.
Police in the Atlanta suburb said they visited the house twice overnight, following up on a call regarding a welfare check on a child, and located the boy hidden behind a panel at the back of a linen closet in the house’s garage. They had the boy call his mother, and she gave police more information. The mother reported the boy missing almost four years ago in 2010, after his father refused to return him, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The boy was likely confined to the inside of the house, the garage and the false closet, police said. Police arrested five people – two adults and three juveniles – at the house on charges including obstruction, false imprisonment and cruelty to children. Additional charges are pending, according to police.
The victim’s mother lives out of state and was reunited with the boy later Saturday morning. At the moment, police are unsure which parent has legal custody, so the boy will most likely stay with child services for the time being, according to WSBTV.