Yesterday, we reported that police in the Tampa Bay Area were searching for a missing and endangered toddler. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the boy, 1-year-old Valyn Douglass-Bush.
Valyn is believed to be with his mom, Aryn Douglass. Douglass was supposed to hand him over to Child Protective Investigation Division after officials received a tip that he was being neglected.
The boy was last seen in Tampa on May 20 around noon. Valyn has blonde hair and blue eyes, weighs 30 pounds, and is 2-feet tall.
There is an arrest warrant for the mother. 33-year-old Aryn Douglass has an active arrest warrant for felony petit theft.
Spectrum Bay News 9's Saundra Weathers spoke to Aryn Douglass on the phone. She said she was shocked to find out there was an alert on the search for Valyn.
"I talked by phone to the mother of missing and endangered 1yo Valyn Douglass-Bush. Investigators say they got a tip her son was being neglected and she was supposed to hand the boy over. She says she plans to and then turn herself in. Story coming up tonight," read the tweet.
Douglass said she thinks the situation was blown out of proportion. She says he is safe, and he would never harm her.
"He's in safe hands. He's going to stay with my uncle. I've never in my life harmed my kid," Douglass told Spectrum Bay News 9.
Douglass told Spectrum News she has plans to turn herself in.
"My little guy, I’m giving him to my uncle to watch. I’m going to turn myself in. I have a failure to appear. So yeah, I’m going to go an turn myself in, and I have someone who can take him to my uncle," she said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact deputies at 813-247-8094. Please pray that the boy is actually safe and will be in good hands.