The "forgetful" dad is identified as MOSES YUMBI NGALAHOM. Notice that Daddy is apparently alcoholic and has a long history of domestic violence offenses. In addition, notice that there is NO MENTION of this "lost" boy's mother at all. It was "a relative" who was caring for the boy before, and now the boy is now in state custody. So it appears that this boozing abuser is a custodial father.
So, let's run through our litany of questions, the ones that reporters never think to ask. Is Mom deceased? If she is deceased, do we know for a fact that she died of natural causes? (Always important to know when the father has a history of violence.) Is she "missing"? I'm afraid that in many cases, that just means that Daddy hid the body well. Or did this father get custody through the courts? If so, who gave him custody and for what reason?
6:26 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2012
Dad of missing Clayton boy had prior domestic violence arrests
By Marcus K. Garner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A Clayton County father charged with neglect after his 6-year-old son went missing has a record of household problems.
Moses Yumbi Ngalahom, 55, of Riverdale was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after his 6-year-old son went missing, and the father allegedly could not remember that he had let a relative take the boy. The child later was found safe.
Andrew Ngalahom, 6, was reported missing from his Riverdale home Thursday, setting off a frantic search across metro Atlanta until the child was found safe with a relative in Barrow County. The boy's father, Moses Yumbi Ngalahom, 55, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
.Moses Yumbi Ngalahom, 55, remained jailed Friday on $25,000 bond. He was arrested late Thursday and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after reporting his son, Andrew Ngalahom, missing.
Andrew was later found safe. The child is now in state custody, pending an investigation. Georgia Department of Family and Child Services spokeswoman Ravae Graham would not discuss the case.
"He reported his son missing Thursday morning," Clayton County police spokeswoman Lt. Tina Daniel told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He said he hadn't seen his son since Wednesday."
"There does appear that there were significant signs of intoxication" on the father's part, Daniel said.
Ngalahom told officers he had last seen his son playing outside their Riverdale home at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The father said he fell asleep and awoke to find the child missing.
A family member in Barrow County contacted authorities after seeing a missing child report on TV news and told them Ngalahom had released his son into her care earlier, police said. Ngalahom did not recall the relative picking up the child, they said.
Ngalahom has been arrested twice before, on family battery charges.
On Feb. 26, 2006, he was accused of punching his wife in the eye during an altercation, then taking her purse and leaving their Riverdale apartment. He was arrested and released on $7,000 bond, eventually pleading down from battery and theft charges to disorderly conduct.
One condition of Ngalahom's six-month probation was that he have no contact with his victim. But he had that condition changed by citing his desire to continue to live with his wife and his infant son, according to court documents.
On July 9, 2009, Ngalahom was again charged with battery, for allegedly biting a woman. It is unclear from court records whether the woman was his wife.
He was sentenced to 12 months' probation for that offense.
Ngalahom is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the latest charge Feb. 20.