Crime

Father pleads not guilty to interfering with custody of four children

Jarvis Brown
Jarvis Brown

A father who detectives said failed to return his four kids to their mother in Columbus after she allowed them to visit him in Florida for the summer appeared in Recorder’s Court this morning.

Jarvis Brown, 32, pleaded not guilty to four counts of interference of custody concerning his four children, whose ages range from 5 to 9 years old. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $40,000.

The case was bound over to Superior Court.

Columbus police said the mother allowed their daughter and three sons to visit Brown in Florida for the summer under the agreement that he bring them back before school started on Aug. 8.

Authorities said she was not able to make direct contact with Brown around Aug. 8, and she had to get others to reach out to him. He told them he wasn’t taking the kids back, claiming that the children had been abused by a man while in their mother’s custody, according to an officer’s testimony.

On Friday, an alert was issued for Brown and his children. He was arrested at a health department in Columbus after “someone recognized him and the kids from the news,” according to police.

Authorities said the children, who were found safe, were taken back to their Columbus home.

Brown told the court that he tried to seek legal advice in Florida concerning the child abuse allegations, but police said they could not find any documentation in Muscogee County or anywhere else that indicated he reported that accusation to law enforcement.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92

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