Parents of 4-year-old autistic boy released on bond

HENRY COUNTY, Ala (WDHN) — The parents of a 4-year-old autistic boy who went missing in early January have been released from custody.

Shyanne Nicole Ray, 25, was released from the Henry County Jail on Wednesday, February 7, and 39-year-old Joshua Thad Wilkerson was released on Thursday, February 8, each on a $5,000 bond.

Ray and Wilkerson were arrested on Wednesday after investigators claimed they used meth and marijuana at their home on January 12, the day Phenix Wilkerson went missing. They are facing two counts of chemical endangerment of a child each.

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Captain David Hall with the State Bureau of Investigation tells WDHN that the investigation into Phenix’s disappearance is ongoing, and they are unsure if additional charges will be filed.

Phenix was found safe two days later on Sunday, January 14, in the area of Sid Bush Road in Clayton, within Barbour County, and transported to Southeast Health in Dothan for treatment.

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