A Missouri boy reported missing on Sunday has been found safe, and apparently he’s the centerpiece of a convoluted custody battle.
FOX2 reports 3-year-old Shamond Evans was found safe on Monday with his legal guardians, identified as Craig Jacob, 57, and Linda Davis, 59. Police stated a complicated custody issues exists between the boy’s mother and co-guardians that they are in the process of sorting out.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, St. Louis authorities issued an Endangered Person Advisory for Shamond on Sunday. According to police, Shamond’s parents met Jacob at a St. Louis County gas station off of 5215 Lucas and Hunt at around 2:30 p.m. They dropped the boy off with Jacob, who was supposed to babysit him for the day.
Shamond’s parents said Jacob was set to watch the boy for around three hours and return him at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, yet never showed up. On Monday morning, authorities located Jacob in his home but the little boy wasn’t with him. Jacob reportedly said Shamond could possibly be with Davis, though it’s unclear why she would have disappeared with the boy.
A courthouse sources told the St. Louis Dispatch that Jacob and Davis are still considered the child’s co-guardians after he was previously taken away from his mother. However, the boy was apparently in the care of his parents when they dropped him off, and they expected him to be returned.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Shamond Evans, Linda Davis/Police Handout]