Father of missing boy arrested as police continue search for child

Pictured is one of two photos police released of the missing child.

The search for a missing child believed to be kidnapped has led to an arrest of the boy’s father.

Late on the evening of Aug. 17, police announced that 23-year-old Artavious North was arrested by the DeKalb County Police Department for false statements and false report of a crime in the disappearance of his son, two-year-old J’Asiah Mitchell.

Officials with DeKalb County Police Department released two updates that indicated their investigation revealed that a kidnapping did not occur in DeKalb County.

“Our investigation found that there was no armed robbery nor kidnapping in DeKalb County,” stated police. “The location of 2-year-old J’Asiah Mitchell is still unknown.”

From the start, investigators have called the investigation “fluid and evolving.”

According to officials, police began their search for J’Asiah Mitchell, who was reported as kidnapped, late on the evening of Aug. 16 or very early the morning of Aug. 17.

“We have been urgently working to identify the circumstances leading up to the kidnapping, however we need the communities’ help finding J’Asiah,” said police.

Mitchell was described as wearing Buzz Lightyear pajamas at the time of his disappearance.

While WSB-TV reported that Mitchell was kidnapped Wednesday around 11:23 p.m. in the 3300 block of Flat Shoals Road during an armed robbery, police later confirmed an armed robbery never occurred.

“We are working through inconsistencies in the reporting of the alleged kidnapping,” stated police.

Many commenters on social media asked why an Amber Alert had not yet been issued for the missing child to which officials with the DeKalb County Police Department responded “we did contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in reference to releasing an Amber Alert. However, they advised this incident did not meet the criteria. Our priority is locating J’Asiah safely while we continue to investigate the matter.”

“I never ask for prayers, but please pray for me and pray for my baby’s safety,” said Asia Mitchell, the missing child’s mother.

While a physical description was not released by police of the missing child, he is pictured as an African-American boy with short hair. His mother described J’Asiah as approximately 2 feet tall and approximately 25 pounds.

Officials with the DeKalb County Police Department said the East Point Police Department will be the lead investigating agency moving forward.

Anyone with information regarding this case or the possible location of J’Asiah Mitchell are asked to dial 911.

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