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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — An urgent search for a missing 3-year-old boy came to a happy conclusion Monday morning.

Authorities said the boy, Shamond Evans, was safe and with his legal guardians.

This was a complicated custodial arrangement that escalated for a time into a missing child case, police said.

Shamond’s parents met a man initially identified as the boy’s babysitter at a gas station on Lucas and Hunt just off Interstate 70 near Jennings. The parents dropped Shamond off with the babysitter and were expecting him to return with the child later that day, but that didn’t’ happen.

The babysitter was later identified as 57-year-old Craig Jacob from St. Charles. Police located Jacob and spoke with him, but Shamond was not with him.

Later in the morning, St. Louis County police believed Shamond was with 59-year-old Linda Davis, a woman who lives with Jacob.

Police believed Davis might have taken Shamond out of the St. Louis-area in a silver 2006 Cadillac DeVille. But here’s the twist: court documents from July 2017 said Davis and Craig were actually co-guardians of Shamond.

The case is still being sorted out, but the bottom line is that Shamond was located with his legal guardians and is safe.