Police: Father of 6-year-old survivor in I-10 crash reported son abducted

Ricky Hodson III. (Image source: Find Ricky III Facebook page)
Ricky Hodson III. (Image source: Find Ricky III Facebook page)

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Six-year-old Ricky Hodson III of Tulare, CA was the lone survivor of the deadly accident on I-10 Wednesday night. Tulare police confirm Hodson's father Ricky Hodson Jr. reported his son was parentally abducted by the boy's mother.

Sgt. Jerod Boatman with Tulare Police, calls it a, "two-week custody battle." Boatman says the young boy's parents had shared custody of him.

Boatman says a falling out between the boy's parents resulted in the mother fleeing California to Mississippi. The case has now been turned over to the Tulare County District Attorney's Office.

Boatman says the abduction report was filed sometime last week. And an investigator with the D.A.'s office actually came to Mississippi to work out some sort of resolution between the mother and father.

No word yet if any charges were filed in the abduction. Authorities confirm, Ricky Hodson Jr., Hodson's girlfriend Amber Thompson, as well as their 20-month-old daughter all died in the accident after their vehicle rear-ended an 18-wheeler. The young boy survived and was taken to Ocean Springs Hospital. He has been released.

A Facebook page was created for Ricky Hodson III called Find Ricky III. More than 3,000 people liked the page that states:

"We fought hard to find him and succeeded. After his father got him back they made a trip to visit Ambers family in Florida. On their way back to California they were in a fatal accident killing Rick II, Amber, and Ricky III's baby sister. Ricky III survived. This page is now to remind us of our fight, our loss, and most of all our love. In loving memory of Ricky Hodson Jr, Amber Thompson, and Paisley Elaine Hodson." 

A gofundme account: http://www.gofundme.com/f0rc1c was set up. The creator says it helps with funeral costs and custody fees. The account has already collected more than $5,000.

WLOX News has learned the boy's grandmother, Yolanda Allen, has arrived on the Coast to meet with his case worker on Saturday. She tells us she is not leaving without her grandson.

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