HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – An urgent search for a 3-year-old Florida boy who was believed to be missing and endangered is over after the boy was found with his parents in Kentucky.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert Monday for 3-year-old Joshua McAdams. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement later issued a statewide alert.
Deputies say Joshua’s parents failed to bring him to a medically-necessary hospital procedure last Monday and then refused to follow up with lifesaving medical care Joshua needs. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman says they cannot specify due to HIPAA but calls the boy’s illness a “life-threatening” medical condition that needs immediate treatment.
The Hillsborough County Child Protective Investigations Division obtained a court-authorized “take into custody” order for the child. When they went to serve the order, the child and parents were nowhere to be found.
The boy has light brown hair and brown eyes. FDLE agents say he may have an IV hookup.
The parents have been identified as 28-year-old Joshua Mcadams and 22-year-old Taylor Bland-Ball. Deputies say the two have possible criminal child neglect charges pending.
The father is considered armed and dangerous, the sheriff’s office says. The alert put out by FDLE says he may be in possession of “multiple rifles.” A spokeswoman tells us the father considers himself a “sovereign citizen,” meaning he doesn’t recognize the authority of the government or the jurisdiction of courts and law enforcement.
The Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that the boy, Mcadams and Bland-Ball were located in Georgetown, Kentucky.
The 3-year-old is being medically treated.
Charges of child neglect are pending for Mcadams and Bland-Ball.