Alexander Deundray Draper, 14, and his mother, Jerri Althea Gray, who are from Travelers Rest, South Carolina,were located at about near a laundromat in Baltimore, Maryland, by the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office, stated Matt Armstrong, a spokesman for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in Greenville, South Carolina.
“Draper was checked out by EMS [Emergency Medical Services] personnel and turned over to the Maryland Department of Social Services. The South Carolina Department of Social Services will work with its Maryland Social Services to have Alexander returned to South Carolina,” Armstrong stated.
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“The understanding was that the individual was of the weight where it was decided by medical authorities that he needed treatment that was not being provided for by his mother,” Armstrong stated.
Earlier in the day authorities stated that Alexander “is possibly at a stage of critical health risk.”
Gray was supposed to appear in family court Tuesday with her son and failed to do so, the sheriff’s office said. During the family court hearing, the boy was ordered into state custody because of medical neglect, as well as his mother’s failure to appear. The Department of Social Services then contacted the sheriff’s office, authorities said.
The warrant stated that, “Gray was served with papers Monday, May 18th, 2009, and told to report to court for a hearing in which the department would seek state custody of Draper. The defendant has avoided the custody proceeding and has concealed the child.