Search underway for missing 5-year-old

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A Meridian mother is searching for her 5-year-old son who has been missing since April.

Jakie Toole is just 5-years-old and his mother hasn’t seen him since earlier this year. Police say the mother handed Jakie and her other child over to a woman named Celeste Smith while the mother was away.

Investigators say the other child is fine, but Jakie was never heard from again. Police say they have spoken to Smith on several occasions and have gotten different stories and have even charged Smith with child neglect in the case.

“Right now we are treating it as a criminal case and letting it go where it takes us. Our main goal is to find the child and get him safe,” Captain John Griffith says.

Jakie is 5-years-old and is special needs. He cannot walk and cannot communicate well. Right now, the Meridian Police Department is considering this as a missing person’s case.