Investigators followed up with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office about the Conyers juvenile and found out that the child’s mother believed her daughter had been seduced by a man, leading to her disappearance.
According to records obtained by the Citizen, the teen called her mother July 19 and told her that she had been abandoned by the man in Rutledge. She said she wanted to come home, which is what prompted authorities to check the park.
The child’s mother told authorities that she believed the man had been sex trafficking her daughter, the newspaper reported. The juveniles told investigators that Benton was not the man who abandoned them in the park.
Benton is being held in the Morgan County jail. His mug shot has not been released.
Morgan and Rockdale deputies, along with GBI agents, continue to investigate the incident and search for the man who took and later abandoned the girls. AJC.com has reached out to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the lead agency on the case, for more information.