Tennessee dad and mom’ sons in state custody after disappearance of daughter Summer time Wells
The parents of missing five-year-old Tennessee Summer Wells went to juvenile justice this week after their three sons were placed in the care of the state’s Department of Child Protection, according to local reports.
Don Wells and Candus Bly’s sons have been in CPS custody since last week, their mother told Johnson City-based WJHL-TV in the courthouse, confirming her husband’s testimony on a podcast over the weekend.
She told the broadcaster that the boys were removed for reasons unrelated to Summer’s disappearance, and Wells suggested they were “safer” now.
A CPS spokeswoman told Fox News that the agency was involved in the investigation but was unable to provide any further comments.
Summer was last seen at the family home on June 15 after her mother said she came in from gardening with her mother and grandmother.
TENNESSEE MISSING GIRL SUMMER WELLS ‘DAD OPENS THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER
Parents have said they believe someone came to their country home on an 11-acre property, lured them outside, and took them away.
Investigators have made little progress in the six weeks since her disappearance – other than updates on where they looked and the hundreds of tips they investigated with no tangible clues.
A nationwide Amber Alert will remain in effect for the summer.
She is about 3 feet tall and weighs about 40 pounds. When she went missing, she was wearing gray pants, a pink shirt and may have been barefoot. Her blonde hair is believed to be shorter than it appears in most of the pictures of her that authorities shared in the search.
Investigators are still looking for a possible witness – the driver of a red pickup truck who was in the Ben Hill Road area of Rogersville on June 15-16.
Investigators say the circumstances surrounding Summer’s disappearance have yet to be investigated – but they said they had “looked into all options.”
Summer’s parents both have criminal records, and Bly’s sister Rose Marie Bly was reported missing in Wisconsin in 2009.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.
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