Police are now draining a pond at an East Point apartment complex after a 2-year-old boy was reportedly kidnapped by his father in DeKalb County earlier this week.
The child’s father, 23-year-old Artravious North, has since been arrested.
North reported that his son, J’Asiah Deon Mitchell, was kidnapped at gunpoint at an apartment complex on Flat Shoals Road around 11:23 p.m. Wednesday. North told police that the child was taken while he was stopped at a stop sign.
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Just after 8:15 p.m. Thursday, DeKalb police said they found no signs of an armed robbery or kidnapping and determined that it was a false report.
North was arrested by DeKalb County police and charged with false statements and false reports of a crime.
Police are now searching a pond at North’s apartment complex in East Point for the toddler.
Channel 2 Action News obtained North’s booking photo from a previous arrest in Gwinnett County unrelated to his son’s disappearance.
Authorities added that the last place J’Asiah Mitchell was seen was an the same apartment complex in East Point where crews are draining the pond. DeKalb County police said East Point police have taken over the search.
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J’Asiah Mitchell was last seen wearing Buzz Lightyear pajamas.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 770-724-7850. The investigation remains ongoing.
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