Adopted boy runs away, sparking Amber Alert. Mother, biological son accused of abuse after investigation.

Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigations; MEGA

Sep. 12 2021, Published 1:26 p.m. ET

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A mother and her son were arrested in connection to an investigation an Amber Alert case late last year sparked, authorities said.

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Coletta Jean Gorman, 52, and her 30-year-old biological son, Alvin Robert Jensen, are accused of mistreating Gorman’s two adopted children, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The TBI said one of Gorman’s two allegedly abused adopted children, a boy named Jorden, fled her Cheatham County home in November 2020, resulting in the Amber Alert.

Two days later, the boy was located after a rescue crew on ATVs discovered him in rough terrain. He had sought shelter underneath a tarp, WTVF reported.

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“He was in tune enough that he saw this tarp tied up,” Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove told the Nashville station. “It looks like it was up against a tree from maybe high water. He got up underneath that and stayed there.”

“Our hearts were starting to sink, and then this miracle happens,” Breedlove said of the rescue in an area known for its dangerous conditions.

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On Sept. 8, a Cheatham County Grand Jury indicted Gorman on six counts of aggravated child abuse, neglect, and/or endangerment, and her son, Jensen, on one count of the same offense.

The mother and son were booked both into the Cheatham County Jail. Gorman is being held on $550,000 bond, and Jensen on a $100,000 bond.


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