8-Month-Old Found Safe, Parents Arrested In Michigan

Posted at 2:42 PM, Nov 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-19 15:42:13-05

An 8-month-old boy has been found safe after a statewide endangered child alert was issued for him just days before.

Reports stated 8-month-old Xavier Billings was found with his parents, 29-year-old Andrew Billings and 19-year-old Adriana Billings, at a home in Flint, Michigan around 7 p.m. Friday.

The two adults were taken into custody by the City of Flint Police Department. The baby has been placed in protective custody by the Michigan Department of Children Services.

According to reports, the Billings' have been awaiting extradition back to DeKalb County where they face charges of aggravated child abuse and initiation of methamphetamine manufacture process.

Since the alert was issued, authorities with the DeKalb and White County Sheriff's Offices, as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, worked nonstop to investigate, which led to the break in the case.

"We were able to gather information as to the whereabouts of the Billings family. We were able to obtain a name and address of where the Billings family might be staying. We immediately contacted the Flint Police Department, and in return, they were able to locate these individuals there," said DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick R. Ray.

The alert was issued after it was discovered the Billings fled with the child from the scene of a wreck investigation.

A meth lab was found in their vehicle at that scene of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 70 east, also known as Sparta Highway.

After the meth lab was discovered, authorities also learned the infant may have a medical condition, so they notified the Department of Children Services.

"A special thanks goes to White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe and his Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Johnson, DeKalb Central Dispatch and all of the people who have reported tips into our office and the Endangered Child Alert System," Sheriff Ray added.