The father of Summer Wells – a 5-year-old Tennessee girl who vanished from her family’s home in June – said his three sons have been removed from his house by child protective authorities, saying “it’s probably better for them” because false theories and speculation about what happened to the girl drove him to drink.
Donald Wells confirmed the removal of the boys this month during an interview on the “Jay is 4 Justice” podcast over the weekend, WJHL-TV reported.
“They come at me and said – either posing – said they had the inside scoop with TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) and that they knew I sold my daughter for drugs, and I flipped out. I flipped out,” Wells told podcast host Jennifer Youngblood. “I believed that stuff. Like an idiot, I believed it and I flipped out, started drinking and everything else. And that’s why they took our kids.”
In another interview with the Kingsport Times-News, Wells said the Department of Children’s Services removed the boys from the home but did not elaborate on the reason why. The move comes amid a weekslong effort to find Summer Wells, who disappeared June 15 from the Rogersville home.