An 11-year-old Smyrna boy reported missing by police Saturday morning was found safe hours later, but now his mother is accused of striking the child multiple times and withholding information from police.
Just before 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Smyrna Police notified the public to be on the lookout for 11-year-old Davion Prowse, who reportedly left his home off Highlands Parkway near South Cobb Drive and Interstate 285 before 1 a.m. after having a dispute with his parents.
“Due to Davion Prowse’s medical condition it is vital that he is located as soon as possible,” Smyrna Police spokesman Sgt. Louis Defense said in a statement, adding that Davion was a type 1 diabetic and had last taken his medication the evening before.
Davion was found at his father’s house in Marietta just before 11 a.m. Saturday, Defense told the MDJ on Monday, adding that aiding Smyrna Police in the search had been Cobb and Marietta police officers along with the FBI.
Authorities later Saturday arrested Davion’s mother, 30-year-old Jessica Maria Prowse, charging her with one count of felony false statements, one count of cruelty to children in the first degree and two counts of reckless conduct. The charges were announced on the Smyrna Police Department’s Facebook page.
“We are grateful for the community’s assistance and all of the other law enforcement agencies that assisted with the successful outcome of this case,” Smyrna Police posted on their Facebook page.
A warrant issued Saturday afternoon for Prowse’s arrest accuses the mother of delaying contact with law enforcement “by several hours” and lying about the time the boy left the home, later declining to provide updates on his whereabouts after receiving them from family members.
Prowse also allegedly punched her son several times, injuring him in the face, his left arm and several areas of his back, according to the warrant. The mother also threw several objects at the juvenile while shouting obscene and degrading comments toward him, the warrant said.
The reckless conduct charges stem from accusations Prowse had used illegal substances and was intoxicated as she drove at excessive speeds and on the wrong side of the road.
No specific times of occurrence were listed for any of the charges covered in the warrant, with all listed to have happened between 1:05 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Prowse was booked in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center just before 10 p.m. Saturday, according to jail records, and released early the next morning on a $20,000 bond.