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A Georgia Father Claimed His 2-Year-Old Son Was Kidnapped. Now, He’s Under Arrest After the Boy Was Found in the Garbage, Cops Say.

Georgia Man Claimed Son Kidnapped, Now Charged With His Murder: Police
Source: DeKalb County Police Department; East Point Police Department

Georgia man claimed son kidnapped. Now, he has been charged with his murder.

Sep. 1 2023, Published 3:02 p.m. ET

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A Georgia man who reported his 2-year-old boy was kidnapped was arrested for murder after the child's body was located in a garbage facility, police said.

On Aug. 16, J’Asiah Mitchell was reported kidnapped by his father, 23-year-old Artavious North, WAGA-TV reported.

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North claimed someone took the child during an armed robbery in front of an apartment complex in Panthersville, in DeKalb County, authorities said.

Investigators, however, found no evidence to support North's claims there was a robbery or that North was in DeKalb County that night, officials said. Police then arrested North and charged him with lying to police.

On Aug. 22, a body was found at the East Point Transfer Station, according to authorities.

Nine days later, the Fulton County Medical Examiner confirmed the remains belonged to Mitchell, WAGA-TV reported.

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Officials said it took several days to identify the toddler since his body had been out in the elements for several days.

According to the East Point Police Department, in addition to the murder count, North also faces charges of concealing the death of another, and cruelty to children.


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