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Missing autistic boy found, mother arrested in Murray

Published November 1, 2012 12:54 pm

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A 6-year-old autistic boy taken by his non-custodial mother from a Bountiful elementary school Wednesday was recovered alive and well Thursday morning from a home in Murray.

Murray police spokesman Kenny Bass confirmed reports that Bountiful officers, assisted by Murray police, followed up on an unspecified tip and found both Riley James Martin and his mother, Heather Lee Martin, asleep at the residence about 9:15 a.m.

Bountiful police did not return repeated calls seeking further details.

Heather Martin took the boy from the school Wednesday afternoon, despite the boy having recently been placed in protective status by the Division of Child and Family Services. Bountiful police said the paperwork for the court order apparently had not caught up with the school's records, which still had mother listed as the boy's custodial parent.

The mother, 24, was taken into custody pending charges related to taking the child without permission.

Police said earlier that Heather Martin has a history of illegal drug use that negatively impacts her ability to care for her son.

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