A large but short-lived search ended Saturday afternoon when a missing 3-year-old boy was found safe, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said.
The little boy’s father, Jason Necaise, 37, had reported him missing from the area of Old Ocean Springs Road about 2 p.m. Ezell said the child was found about 3:20 p.m.
Necaise was arrested on a charge of child neglect. He has been jailed at the Jackson County jail without bail.
Ezell said friends had gone Necaise’s home to see him, but “found him incapacitated, and the child left unattended.” They left a note saying they’d taken the boy.
When Necaise awoke, he reported the child missing.
Ezell said searchers found the note in the house and phoned the friends, who returned the child. The boy is now in his grandmother’s custody, and the state Department of Human Services has been notified.
Ezell said fire and rescue first responders, along with search dogs, were all searching.