Missing Gallatin boy with autism found safe; Man charged


GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 12-year-old boy with autism who was at the center of an Endangered Child Alert Monday was found safe and a man has been charged, police said.

According to Gallatin Police Chief Don Bandy, Sean Cummings was found around 3 p.m. Monday

Information on where the boy was located was not immediately released, but police said there is an active investigation into how he got from “point A to point B.” Police are also working to determine if anyone else was involved.

Sean’s family reported him missing around 7 a.m. Monday after his sister went to wake him up for school around 5:30 a.m.

The family told police they had last seen him at their home at Stoneridge Farms at the Hunt Club Apartments on Nashville Pike around 11 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities previously said the family recently moved to Middle Tennessee and that Sean was not familiar with the area.

Sumner County K9s and the Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter assisted with the search. Volunteers also spent time searching for Sean earlier in the day.

Gallatin Police Chief stated he was found safe Monday afternoon at the exact same spot he was reported missing, which was an apartment complex on Nashville Pike.

He was found safe after officers recognized him and flagged the vehicle down.

Sean was dropped off by an adult at the complex, according to police. Gallatin police said Tuesday morning 20-year-old Kevin Cortes has been charged in connection with case. He is charged with contributing to delinquency of a minor.

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information was released.

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