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UPDATE: 8-year-old Leon County boy at center of AMBER Alert found safe

FDLE reports that the 8-year old has been found safe
Posted at 11:09 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 05:47:22-04


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says 8-year-old Joshiah Brantley has been found more than 24 hours after he was last seen in Tallahassee.

There is no word how or where Josiah was found, who he was with, or if there are any charges in this case.

This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.

The Tallahassee Police Department and Suwannee County Sheriff's Office continue to search for 8-year-old Josiah Brantley.

According to TPD he is believed to be with his mother Jasmine Brantley, possibly heading toward Live Oak or Orlando with Damian Burgman, Jasmine Brantley's boyfriend.

ABC 27 spoke with Josiah Brantley's aunt and uncle who say his mother does not have legal custody of him and are begging her to bring him back.

"This morning her and my mom were up talking around three something in the morning," said Jessica Brantley, Josiah's aunt. "My mom went to the restroom and came back and Josiah and the baby were gone."

Jessica and Jonathan Brantley, Josiah's aunt and uncle are asking their sister to bring their 8-year-old nephew home after what was supposed to be a summer vacation turned into an AMBER Alert.

"We were just trying to alleviate some of the burden my grandparents have because they have custody of him," Jonathan Brantley said. "We wanted to take him off for the summer to make sure he had some fun."

Their sister, Josiah's mother is believed to have taken Josiah early Monday morning from the 2500 block of Holton Street, TPDissuing an alert saying the mom and son may be with Damian Burgman who family says is Jasmine Brantley's boyfriend.

"Her boyfriend has some family in Live Oak and I know one time they were in Live Oak and they visited us because it wasn't so far away," said Jessica Brantley.

The family is originally from Orlando.

Now they are asking people to be on the lookout for little Josiah, last seen wearing a white tank top and orange shorts.

"We just want him returned," Jonathan Brantley said. "We just want peace of mind that he's where he's supposed to be."

The family says they have been working with local authorities to find out Josiah's location.

Police are asking anyone with information on Josiah Brantley please call 850-891-4200.