UPDATE: Two people are now charged with helping a teenager escape a group home in Georgia.

That teen was later found dead 200 miles from the home.

Wednesday, we learned it was a Channel 3 story that prompted authorities to further investigate those two people and their story.

Arrest reports tell a different story than the one the teenager's uncle shared with us last week.

James Shelton told Channel 3 he spoke to Dyllon Hall, 16, on FaceTime before Hall left the group home.

Shelton said the two were supposed to meet in a Walmart parking lot but Hall never showed.

Investigators now say, that's not what video evidence shows.

"I want to know why he didn't get in touch with me and let me know where he was at or why didn't he go to me and let me know he was freezing outside," Shelton told Channel 3 in an interview last week.

Investigators now believe Shelton knew more than what he shared during the Channel 3 interview last week about this nephew's death.

He spoke with Channel 3 after Hall was found dead in a Whitfield County yard, nearly 200 miles away from the group home he was supposed to be in.

"He just wanted to be there for his kid. After his kid was there, he was going to turn himself back in. That way at least he can see his kid one time before he went back to YDC or the group home they had sent him to," Shelton said during the previous interview.

The Whitfield County Sheriff said Shelton's interview with Channel 3 didn't match what he told investigators, prompting them to dig deeper and ultimately charge the mother of Hall's unborn child and his uncle with cruelty to children and false statements.

Investigators said data from Chasity Beavers' cell phone shows she traveled from Dalton to Columbus, Georgia over the weekend Hall escaped.

Video from a local retailer showed Shelton meet Hall the night he went missing.

The pair's actions, investigators believe, endangered Hall's safety.

Hours later, Hall was found dead in a yard.

The sheriff said he was wearing a t-shirt and shorts and wasn't wearing socks or shoes.

Not enough clothing for temperatures below freezing.

It's unclear what happened between the time Hall was seen on video with his uncle and when he was found dead.

Channel 3 reached back out to Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services about Hall's escape from the group home, they've declined to comment at this time.

A cause of death will be determined pending the results of an autopsy.


Two people have been charged in connection with the escape of a Whitfield County teenager who was found dead on January 27.

Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood says 19-year-old Chasity Beavers helped the juvenile escape from a group home in Columbus, Georgia.

Family members identify the juvenile as 16-year-old Dyllon Hall.

Sheriff Chitwood says Beavers was helped by the teen's uncle, James Brandon Shelton, to elude capture.

"Both Beavers and Shelton took measures to keep the juvenile from being captured, which ultimately endangered the juvenile's safety," said Sheriff Chitwood.

Beavers and Shelton are charged with second degree cruelty to children and false statements.

Beavers is also charged with interference with custody.

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PREVIOUS STORY: We're beginning to learn more about what happened to a 16-year-old who was found dead outside a Whitfield County home.

The teen was found Sunday outside the home on East Walnut Street.

Investigators believe weather may be to blame.

Family members want to know how the 16-year-old escaped from state custody and wound up dead nearly 200 miles away.

"He wasn't a bad kid. He had just gotten into some trouble that he was trying to get worked out," James Shelton said.

Shelton said his nephew, Dyllon Hall, had dreams of becoming a correctional officer with hopes of using his own story to steer others onto the right path.

But those dreams were cut short when the 16 year old's body was found Sunday in a Whitfield County yard.

"There was obvious signs of like briars and brush scratches on his legs so strong indication of him walking in the woods," Sheriff Scott Chitwood said.

Chitwood said Dyllon had left a group home in Columbus, Georgia nearly 200 miles away late Friday or early Saturday morning.

It's unclear how Dyllon got to Whitfield County but Shelton believes Dyllon was making his way back to be there for the birth of his son.

"He just wanted to be there for his kid. After his kid was there, he was going to turn himself back in. That way at least he can see his kid one time before he went back to YDC or the group home they had sent him to," Shelton added.

But Dyllon didn't make it home.

When he was found, the sheriff said he was wearing a t-shirt and shorts and wasn't wearing socks or shoes.

Not enough clothing for temperatures below freezing.

"He was wet. Of course, in that area, there is some wet land. There's a creek very very close by. So whether he had been walking at night and stumbled in the creek or walked through it," Chitwood added.

Investigators are trying to figure out exactly what happened.

A spokesperson for the Division of Family and Children Services tell Channel 3 they are looking into how Dyllon left the facility.

While Dyllon's family wait for answers, they remember the life of the 16 year old, cut short.

"I want to know why he didn't get in touch with me and let me know where he was at or why didn't he go to me and let me know he was freezing outside," Shelton said.

The sheriff's office is waiting for an exact cause of death. That information will come from the results of an autopsy.

Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this story.


ORIGINAL STORY: A death investigation is underway after the body of a 16-year-old boy was found in Whitfield County.

The Whitfield County coroner told Channel 3 that teen's body was found in the yard of a home on Walnut Avenue Sunday.

The coroner said he was called to the home around 12:45 pm.

The teen's body has been sent to the GBI Crime Lab where an autopsy will be performed.

At this time, the coroner said foul play is not suspected, but it is possible exposure to cold temperatures played a role in his death.

The homeowner did not know the teen, and he is not from Whitfield County but is from one of the surrounding counties, the coroner explained.

Stay with Channel 3 for the latest on this developing story.