HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An eight-year-old was found safe Wednesday in the Hattiesburg area after he went missing Sunday afternoon, July 12 from Magnolia, Mississippi.
Broden Liam Bilbo, 8, was taken by his biological mother, Crystal Elizabeth Simpson and her daughter, Blakeley Danielle Cain after church in Magnolia Sunday, according to Bilbo's family.
Several hours after an Amber Alert was issued Wednesday, the pair of women turned themselves in to authorities.
The family released the following statement after Broden was returned to his father, who they say has custody of the eight-year-old.
Our family would first like to thank God for wrapping His loving arms around Broden and protecting him through this terrifying time. We would also like to thank every law enforcement member on every level across our great state of Mississippi, especially the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Highway Patrol, the police departments of Magnolia and Hattiesburg, and the Forrest County Sheriff's Department- they all have done a fantastic job on this case, and we can't thank them enough for their time and dedication. We want to thank our family and friends for constant prayers and shares of information via Facebook and other social media outlets.
My brother Burney has physical custody of his 8-year-old son, Broden. Broden's mother, Crystal, has visitation rights of every other weekend, and telephone visitation each night, should she choose to exercise those rights. Crystal repeatedly chose not to exercise her visitation rights. Sunday morning was the second time Broden had seen his mother in 2015. Sunday morning, July 12, Crystal and her daughter, Blakeley, showed up in Magnolia unannounced, and took off with Broden from church.
Burney Bilbo is extremely involved in the Methodist Church in Magnolia, MS, and he is a wonderful Christian man and father- Burney has the biggest heart of anyone I know. We are extremely thankful Broden is safe, and that he is back with his father where he belongs.
Crystal and Blakeley are currently in custody in Hattiesburg. Detective Davis with the Magnolia Police Department will be transporting Crystal and Blakeley to the Pike County jail to be held until arraignment.