Man charged in connection to disappearance of Gallatin child with autism

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Monday’s disappearance of a 12-year-old Gallatin boy with autism who was eventually found safe after an hours-long search.

Kevin Cortes was booked into the Sumner County jail Tuesday on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Gallatin police said. Investigators did not elaborate on the origin of the charge.

In addition to the charges, Cortes reportedly also had an active warrant for failure to appear.

Kevin Cortes
Kevin Cortes (Photo: Sumner County jail)

According to police, the family of Sean Cummings reported him missing around 7 a.m. Monday after his sister went to wake him up for school at approximately 5:30 a.m. The family told police they had last seen the 12-year-old at their home in Stoneridge Farms at the Hunt Club Apartments around 11 p.m. Sunday.

Hours of searching Monday morning with no results led the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to issue an Endangered Child Alert for Sean. He was located safe that afternoon in the spot where he had last been seen the night before, police said.

Cortes reportedly dropped the boy off near his home.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cortes allegedly told investigators that he saw the runaway juvenile walking down the road at 4:30 a.m. Monday.

He picked Cummings up, and that’s when the juvenile told Cortes that he had run away from home ‘because his dad didn’t want him there anymore.’

Cortes later told police that he took the child to his home and let him sleep in his bed, fed him, and allowed him to take a shower.

He dropped the boy off at the Stoneridge Apartments Monday afternoon.

Cortes was booked into jail on a $5,000 bond. He’s due in court on November 4.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and for updates.

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