FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) – Authorities in Fairfield are still searching for a missing 15-year-old boy who is believed to have autism.
Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis says Jason Sims Jr.’s father, Jason Sims Sr., was ordered by a judge to remain in jail “pending locating Jason Sims Jr.”
“While we fear the worst, we remain optimistic that the child will be located safe,” Davis said in a news release.
Police learned Sims Jr. was missing after Sims Sr. and Natasha Wright, the boy’s mother, were investigated for child neglect. Initially, authorities were aware of two children.
However, authorities later learned of two more children. Four arrest warrants for aiding to the dependency of minors were issued in 2014 for Natasha Wright and Jason Sims Sr.
Authorities tried to serve the warrants in October of 2014 but did not find the family at a home on 59th Street. Sims Sr. was later taken into custody but has refused to tell authorities anything pertaining to the whereabouts of Sims Jr.
Davis says Wright was found unconscious on Jan. 23, 2015 and she remains hospitalized. Three of the children were found three days later at a relative’s house in Mulga.
Davis says Wright regained consciousness while in the hospital and revealed she has last seen Sims Jr. at the home on 59th Street. Authorities did not find him at the home.
Wright is now conscious but cannot provide details about Sims Jr.’s whereabouts, according to Davis.
He’s described a 5-foot-6 male with light complexion. He weighs about 125 pounds.
Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of Sims Jr. is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department at 205-786-4111.
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