The search for a missing 2-year-old toddler in East Point, Georgia, has potentially ended in tragedy. The East Point police discovered a body at the East Point transfer station on South Martin Street, which they suspect to be that of 2-year-old J’Asiah Mitchell. The child’s body was found on Wednesday afternoon.
Investigation revealed that the body had been exposed to the elements for several days. Authorities are now waiting for a forensic pathologist to confirm the identification of the body.
The search for Mitchell began on the night of August 16 after his father, 23-year-old Artavious North, reported that the child had been kidnapped at the Aspen Woods Apartments on Flat Shoals Road. North claimed that a group of armed robbers cut him off while he was leaving the apartment complex and took the child.
However, police have taken North into custody on charges of lying to the police. They have reason to believe that the toddler was not actually kidnapped, considering North as a person of interest in the disappearance of the boy. Despite pleas from family members, North has not been cooperative with authorities.
Over the weekend, authorities searched a pond near the apartment complex where North and his girlfriend lived, but found no evidence.
In response to these events, Mitchell’s mother and her family have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the search efforts. They expressed doubts about North’s story and are determined to do whatever it takes to find their beloved child.
Authorities have not confirmed if North will face additional charges in connection to the death of the boy.