Correction: A prior version of this story said charges were brought against the parents of missing 9-year-old Jordan Gorman. Charges have been filed against the boy’s mother and her biological son.
A mother and son are facing felony child abuse and neglect charges after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation started looking into the disappearance of a 9-year-old Cheatham County boy who triggered a statewide AMBER alert late last year.
TBI special agents were assigned to the case at the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, according to a news release from the agency.
The investigation focused on Coletta Jean Gorman, 52, and her son Alvin Robert Jensen, 30.
Agents learned that two of Gorman’s adopted children were mistreated during their investigation, and that one of the children, 9-year-old Jordan Gorman, left the family’s Joelton home to escape the abuse, the TBI’s news release said.
Jordan Gorman was reported missing in November 2020.
For three days, search crews combed the area around the Gorman home, searching for any clues that might lead to the boy’s whereabouts.
He was found alive and safe under a blue tarp he used to create a makeshift shelter near a creek bed, about three-fourths of a mile from his home.
He was barefoot and without a jacket, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.
Jensen and Gorman were indicted by a Cheatham County grand jury and booked into the Cheatham County jail Wednesday.
Jensen faces one count of aggravated child neglect, endangerment and abuse of a child under 8 years old, according to an indictment from the Cheatham County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.
He was being held on $100,000 bond Wednesday night.
Gorman faces six counts of aggravated child neglect, endangerment and abuse and is currently being held on $550,000 bond, jail records said.
Her indictment shows that four of the six charges are for the aggravated abuse of a child under 8 years old.
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