12-year-old boy with autism found safe in Gallatin; 20-year-old man charged

Posted at 10:26 AM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 11:47:57-04

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — An Endangered Child Alert was canceled after a missing, 12-year-old boy with autism was found safe.

Gallatin police later charged a 20-year-old man in connection to the boy's disappearance.

Sean Cummings went missing overnight. He was last seen at Stoneridge Apartments around 11 p.m. Sunday. Police said he was wearing blue pajama pants, a white T-shirt, gray sweatshirt and may have a backpack.

On Monday afternoon, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations joined the search and issued an Endangered Child Alert for the boy.

Sean's parents woke up early Monday morning and couldn't find him. Officials said Sean had left them a note saying he was running away along with other personal things.

Police said the family moved to the area in June. The family said he's never run away before. Officers do not suspect foul play at this time.

Gallatin Police asked for volunteers to join them in the search for Sean.

First responders found the boy safe in the apartment complex where he currently lives around 3 p.m. Monday.

On Tuesday, Kevin Cortes was charged with contributing to a delinquency of a minor. Additional details about the charge were not immediately provided.

Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown released a statement thanking the many people who helped search for Sean.

"The missing young man has been found and he is safe. So many thanks to the support personnel and equipment from many different agencies (inside and outside of Sumner County), the hundreds of volunteers who began arriving within minutes of the call for help, and Sumner County Fire Buffs - all for aiding in today's search. Today certainly demonstrated what an awesome community we have. Thank you"