LaFAYETTE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As an Endangered Child Alert remains in effect for a Macon County toddler, family members say the boy’s mother is not a danger to anyone, including her son.
Three-year-old Nathaniel Brown and his mother Ashley were last seen on Thursday.
The Macon County sheriff told News 2 Nathaniel disappeared with his mother after she was notified about a court order to place the child in DCS custody.
Amanda’s brother Bruce Brown said he is not clear on all the details, but he said to his understanding DCS wanted to test Nathaniel for autism. He said his sister would not do it.
“She’s not any danger to her child or anything. She’s just a mother who DCS bullied and she run,” Bruce Brown said.
He continued, “You know most of us who’s got mothers understand that. I want her to turn herself in because you’ve got the cops out here looking for five minutes of fame, and you’ve got citizens out here who don’t know the whole gist of the story. They could use deadly force on her and in addition to her getting hurt, the baby could be hurt.”
Authorities said the boy and his mother may be traveling in a silver Kia Forte with Tennessee tags T9686S.
Nathanial is 2 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 30 pounds. He has brown eyes and blonde hair. It’s not known what he was wearing at the time he disappeared.
Anyone with information on Nathaniel or Amanda Brown’s whereabouts is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.