Sheriff: Missing Mo. boy's mother hid him in attic for five months

Braedence Jones/Camden County Sheriff's Office

CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) - A five-month search for a Missouri boy ended when he was found safe after his mother allegedly hid him in an attic crawl space during a custody dispute.

The Camden County Sheriff's office said 6-year-old Braedence Jones was found Tuesday in the crawl space, which was nailed shut and concealed in a home in rural Laclede County in southwest Missouri.

His mother, Aubrey Ferguson, and her boyfriend, Woodrow Ziegler, were arrested.

The sheriff's office said in a news release that Ferguson was in the crawl space with Braedence when officers found him.

The boy was returned to his father, who had court-ordered custody of the boy.

Ferguson was charged in August with child abduction.

Camden County officials said more charges are being sought against Ferguson and Ziegler.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)