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Missing Gary man decides to stay with new caregiver

Jimmie Davis

Jimmie Davis

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Updated: September 24, 2014 6:11AM



GARY — Jimmie Davis is safe and sound, no longer a missing person or a police matter, authorities said Friday.

Although police aren’t involved, Davis is still the subject of a legal battle that may be resolved next week, when Lake Superior Court Judge George Paras conducts an emergency hearing, police said.

Two caretakers have engaged in a tug of war over the 89-year-old man’s custody since last month, when Alvin Crenshaw obtained a custody order July 31. He wanted Deborah Banks to return Davis after learning Banks started receiving Davis’ Social Security checks. Banks refused, prompting police to declare Davis missing.

This week, Banks brought Davis to the Public Safety Facility to speak to Detective Robin Bolde. Davis told her he was happy living with Banks and didn’t want to return to Crenshaw’s care.

“I treat him like my own granddaddy,” Banks told the Post-Tribune. She said Crenshaw was more interested in Davis’ checks than the man’s well-being.

Crenshaw had asked Banks to care for the elderly man for a “few days” in mid-June, and paid Banks for the service. But the days continued to weeks, with Crenshaw giving Banks cash until she diverted the Social Security checks. He went to court and filed a police report, prompting the investigation.

Since then, Sgt. Dan Callahan learned that Crenshaw was still receiving pension checks for Davis, despite not having cared for Davis for two months.

Paras had set a hearing for Sept. 25 to hear testimony on the custody issue, but after speaking to Callahan on Friday, told police he would review the matter next week.



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