HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – An urgent statewide search for a 3-year-old Tampa boy who was believed to be missing and endangered is over after the boy was found with his parents in Kentucky.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert Monday for 3-year-old Joshua McAdams. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement later issued a statewide alert.
Deputies say Joshua’s parents failed to bring him to a medically-necessary hospital procedure last Monday and then refused to follow up with lifesaving medical care Joshua needs. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman says they cannot specify due to HIPAA but calls the boy’s illness a “life-threatening” medical condition that needs immediate treatment.
The Hillsborough County Child Protective Investigations Division obtained a court-authorized “take into custody” order for the child. When they went to serve the order, the child and parents were nowhere to be found.
The parents have been identified as 28-year-old Joshua Mcadams and 22-year-old Taylor Bland-Ball.
The Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that the boy, Mcadams and Bland-Ball were located in Georgetown, Kentucky.
The 3-year-old is being medically treated.
Charges of child neglect are pending for Mcadams and Bland-Ball.