Mississippi Man Abandon 5-year-old in Woods

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A Mississippi man left his five-year-old son in the woods overnight last Wednesday, luckily the boy wondered out of the woods the following morning.

Richard Dearman is a Wayne County resident who drove deep into the woods.  He led his son further into the woods walking and told the boy to stand by a tree until he returned.  The next morning the boy heard a dog barking from a nearby house and followed the sound.  The homeowner helped the abandoned child and called authorities. 

The 5-year-old walked nearly a mile to find help after being in the woods nearly 24-hours.  Authorities say the boy had a few minor scratches but was in overall good condition. 

His father 32-year-old Richard Dearman is currently wanted by local authorities for child abandonment. 

Wayne County Sheriff Jody Ashely said, "He told him he thought the law was behind him," Sheriff Jody Ashley said. "They would turn down a dirt road, they would get out the vehicle way in the woods in a wooded area. He would tell him to stand by a tree and wait and he would be back to get him."

Authorities describe Dearman as a white male, 5 ft. 4 in. tall and last seen wearing a white t-shirt with red and black gym shorts.  He is asking anyone with any information to contact the Wane County Sheriff’s office at 601-735-2323.

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