Avondale PD had contact with mom of missing Buckeye boy in 2011

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Crystal Wilson, Jesse's mom, made a tearful plea for him to return shortly after he vanished last month. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Crystal Wilson, Jesse's mom, made a tearful plea for him to return shortly after he vanished last month. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Before Crystal Wilson, mother of missing 10-year-old Jesse, moved to Buckeye, she lived in Avondale.

Police in that city were called to her home in 2011 to check on Wilson’s children.

A family member expressed concern that the kids were malnourished and starving and not being cared for by Wilson.

At the time Wilson had five children living with her.

Wilson allowed the officers inside. They found two of Wilson’s boys in an upstairs bedroom tied to their beds with backpack-type harnesses strapped to their backs. Each harness had 3-foot attachment connected to a bedpost.

Wilson explained it was for their safety because they had gotten out of the house in the middle of the night before.

The officers said they did not see any physical signs of abuse on any of the children and found the house well-maintained and well-stocked with food.

Digital photographs were taken of the kids and their rooms, as well as the kitchen, pantry and refrigerator.

Police did not do any additional follow-up and said there was no evidence to suggest the Department of Child Safety needed to be contacted.

READ: Avondale Police Department's welfare check report  

Fast forward to April 2016. The Buckeye Police Department returned Jesse to his mother after a neighbor reported that the child was standing on a street corner at 4:30 a.m. The Buckeye Police Department released the officer's body camera video of the encounter on Wednesday.

READ: Buckeye PD releases body cam video of officer's encounter with missing Jesse Wilson

Jesse vanished a month ago. Despite exhaustive searches and FBI involvement, there is still no sign of the boy.

Police are asking people to use special tip line (623-349-6411) and email address (bpdtips@buckeyeaz.gov) to submit leads so that they do not get lost online. (Click or tap phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.)

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PDF: Avondale welfare check report

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