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JACKSONVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — The caregiver of a missing Jacksonville boy is lying to investigators about his disappearance, authorities said.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office told reporters Saturday that 32-year-old William Ebron had been arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect.

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Chief of Detectives Tom Hackney said investigators believe Ebron was lying about the disappearance of his girlfriend’s son, Lonzie Barton. Ebron initially told investigators that Lonzie had been in a car stolen early Friday, but Hackney said authorities no longer believe the car theft and abduction happened as Ebron described.

Hackney said investigators are still treating the case as a child abduction and don’t know whether Lonzie is alive or dead.

Ebron’s first court appearance was scheduled Saturday afternoon. Duval County jail records didn’t show whether he had an attorney.

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