Parents of Mississippi 5-year-old who went missing arrested on neglect, drug charges

Published 5:30 am Saturday, July 16, 2022

The parents of a 5-year-old boy who went missing Thursday have been arrested.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson announced the arrests in a press conference Friday afternoon.

Johnson said Robert Holcomb, 39, and Amber Lindsey, 33, have been taken into custody and will face child neglect and meth possession charges.

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Deputies searched for 12 hours after Robertt Holcomb Jr., 5, was reported missing shortly before noon on Thursday, July 14. The boy reportedly wandered away with his two dogs.

Johnson said that the dogs and a tip from someone who spotted the child near Highway 45 in north Verona are the primary reasons deputies were able to find and rescue the child.

Johnson said the boy, who was found in a ditch would not have been spotted by passing motorists If it had not been for the dogs.

The 5-year-old boy was left alone and often neglected, Johnson said.

Johnson said the parents last saw the boy around 8 a.m. and went back to bed. An adult, who was also in the house, reportedly saw the boy playing with the dogs and also went back to bed at around 10:30.

At 11:30 is when the parents finally got out of bed and realized Robert was gone.

“So you had both parents and this other responsible adult that felt it was more important to go to sleep and rest and not take care of this child,” Johnson said.

Johnson was emotional about the situation.

“This case is personal,” the sheriff said, “When the responsibility lies on your shoulders that a 5-year-old child is missing and you know that child is helpless — that is an enormous weight to carry, and I can’t express my appreciation and thanks to everybody involved that helped get this child safely home.”