A 3-year-old DeKalb County boy missing for more than 24 hours was found unharmed at a home at 3556 Thornwood Drive in Atlanta, according to DeKalb County Police.
Jeffrey Strickland, the 45-year-old uncle of Evan Luangsombath, showed up at the home at about 10:15 a.m. on Thursday. Strickland was arrested and charged with kidnapping and interference with custody, said police spokeswoman Mekka Parish. Strickland is in the DeKalb County Jail.
Based on statements he gave police when he was arrested, Strickland will undergo an evaluation of his mental capacity, Parish said. Strickland was the child’s babysitter, but family members had described the man as mentally unstable.
Evan was reported missing when Strickland failed to drop off the boy at daycare at Tucker First Baptist Church, police said.
DeKalb County Police is searching for a 3-year-old boy who was last seen on April 13 with his uncle. Police said they believe the toddler could be in danger.
Jeffrey Strickland, 45, regularly babysits Evan Luangsombath, but Strickland failed to drop the boy off at daycare at Tucker First Baptist Church, police said. Family members told police that Strickland is not mentally stable. Evan was last seen wearing a blue hooded jacket, gray T-shirt with an animal logo and blue jeans.
Police said Strickland and his nephew may be traveling in a 2003 tan Toyota Sienna with a Georgia license plate of AZZ8605.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the DeKalb County Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit at (770) 724-7710.