Volunteers react to arrests of missing boy's mother, stepfather

Volunteers react to arrests of missing boy's mother, stepfather
Shelia S. Phillips (left), 40, one count of possession of methamphetamine; Nicholas Demarcus Gilbert, 39, one count of theft (Source: Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office)
Rondreiz Cortez "Junior" Phillips disappeared April 5 from outside his home near Lisbon in Claiborne Parish. (Source: Rondreiz Phillips' family)
Rondreiz Cortez "Junior" Phillips disappeared April 5 from outside his home near Lisbon in Claiborne Parish. (Source: Rondreiz Phillips' family)

CLAIBORNE PARISH, LA (KSLA) - May 5th will make it one month since 4-year-old Rondreiz Cortez "Junior" Phillips went missing.

As volunteers continue their search, they're hoping that the rumors and recent arrests surrounding the boy's parents do not stand in the way of any potential progress.

"My only concern is that this will take away from the focus on Junior," said Savannah Dwairi, a leader in the public search for Rondreiz. "What I found whenever Nick was arrested is people stopped coming out. There was lack of interest, and when I say lack of interest, I don't mean people don't care they care to see this resolved, but they feel that they know what happened."

Rondreiz's stepfather Nicolas Demarcus Gilbert was released on bond after being booked on an outstanding theft warrant. Homer police arrested him for allegedly stealing scrap metal.

And on Thursday, the Claiborne Parish Sheriff confirmed that Rondreiz's mother Sheila S. Phillips was arrested on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

"I can't imagine exactly what she feels now, that she's incarcerated, whatever the charge may be, she still has a child that she does not know the location of," said Vickie Jackson, a volunteer in the search for Rondreiz.

But with nearly 30 days behind them and no evidence, relative Joanne Cole feels something is not right.

"I think somebody got the baby, but I hope he return him and bring him back home to us," Cole said.

Cole says the family lived on her property. She says their arrests are a weird turn of events for a tragedy that still has the community on edge.

"I didn't know she was in jail until late yesterday evening, and I don't know whats going on but I'm going to keep on praying for her and her baby and bring them home, both of them."

Phillips is being held on 50,000 dollar bond.

Volunteers are asking anyone who wants to help, to visit their Facebook page #BringJuniorHome. They are planning another search Saturday, May 5th.

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