Mystery of bizarre Clayton kidnapping continues to unfold

A judge has denied bond for a couple accused of hiding a child missing for four years behind a fake wall in their Clayton County home, according to a report from Channel 2 Action News.

The boy’s father Gregory Jean, 37, and 42-year-old Samantha Joy Davis, had their initial court appearance this morning following their arrests Saturday on charges of false imprisonment, obstruction and cruelty to children.

The bizarre case and rescue of the 13-year-old boy unfolded overnight Friday and early Saturday morning at a home in Jonesboro.

Clayton County Police rescued the boy after receiving a pair of calls about problem at the home starting Friday night. When police arrived a second time they found the boy behind a false wall.

The boy has since been reunited with his mother.

On Sunday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution learned that this might not be the first instance of child abuse involving Davis.

In 2004, Henry County authorities accused a woman named Samantha J. Davis of heating kitchen shears over a stove and burning and cutting the tip of her then 6-year-old son’s tongue, according stories at the time in the AJC. The woman also was accused of injuring her son’s neck with the scissors.

Public records show Samantha Joy Davis once lived at the same address as that provided in Henry County court records in the earlier case. She also is of the same approximate age.

Samantha J. Davis pleaded guilty in 2006 to lesser charges in exchange for 10 years of probation, the AJC reported, when the boy’s father and the victim refused to cooperate with prosecutors.

Attempts to confirm this information with police were not immediately successful.

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