Georgia Boy Found Behind Fake Wall Thanks his Rescuers

Sgt. Joanne Southerland, of the Clayton County Police Department, insisted police return to the house. (Photo: WXIA-TV, Atlanta)
Sgt. Joanne Southerland, of the Clayton County Police Department, insisted police return to the house.
(Photo: WXIA-TV, Atlanta)

It was just past midnight Saturday when Clayton County Police Sgt. Joanne Southerland pulled back a piece of wood from the back of a linen closet and uncovered a hidden space between the garage and the attic. Inside, 13-year-old Gregory Jean Jr. huddled.

“We told him who we were, we told him we were there to help him,” Southerland said. “When we finally got him calmed down he said, ‘Thank you. Thank you.’ ”

Clayton County Police held a news conference Monday to answer questions about the case that’s drawn intense national attention.

Police Chief Gregory Porter left many of the specifics unanswered, repeatedly saying he didn’t want to damage the case against Gregory Jean Sr. and Samantha Joy Davis. Three teenagers, children of Davis, also were arrested early Saturday morning.

They face charges of false imprisonment, cruelty to children and obstruction of an officer, Porter said.

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Source: USA Today | Julie Wolfe, WXIA-TV, Atlanta

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