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01/26/06

Mother of Missing Boy Confesses to Killing Him

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Agents searched a wooded area of Appling County between Jesup and Alma this morning. Agents searched a wooded area of Appling County between Jesup and Alma this morning.

There's been a shocking arrest in the case of Ahmad King, the three-year-old reported missing from Jesup. Police now think his mother killed him.

It all began around 4pm Tuesday afternoon in the Jesup Wal-Mart parking lot when Ahmad's mother reported him missing. Today, the investigation and search carried over into Bacon County, where authorities updated us on the case at the courthouse in Alma.

Police say information they obtained in the Kings' house after a search and countless interviews with the parents have led to this arrest. They believe Mary Jean King, who adopted Ahmad just a few months ago, is guilty of his murder.

King had pled for her son's kidnappers to return him safely (Mother Pleads for Missing Boy's Return). Now police say that was all a hoax to cover up another crime. They searched the family's Bacon County home today.

"Pursuant to this action, warrants are pending against 34-year-old Mary Jean King for the offense of murder," said GBI agent Jeff Evans at the briefing in Alma today.

Authorities now believe Ahmad was killed before King drove to Jesup and reported him abducted from a shopping center parking lot. They say she has confessed, but they haven't charged her yet.

"Georgia law requires that a person arrested without a warrant can be charged at least within 48 hours," explained district attorney Rick Curry. "So we're still within our time frame."

Agents searched a wooded area of Appling County between Jesup and Alma this morning, where they believe King may have hidden the body.

"She's cooperating, she's upset," said Evans. "Somewhat relieved, she said."

At this point, they can't say why she would kill a child she and her husband have cared for for two years, and just adopted last fall. "They were very active in the community, as far as taking children in," said Evans. "This was not the first or one of the first children that they had taken into their home."

Three days of deceit and nonstop searching have made agents frustrated but determined.

"We're very physically tired, but we're not going to give up until we find the body," said Evans.

The GBI is still looking for the site where the body is hidden. They're asking for the public's help. Anyone who may have seen a gold Toyota Camry on Highway 203 Tuesday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm is asked to contact authorities in Bacon, Wayne, or Appling Counties.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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