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SHELBY COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A 7-year-old boy, who went missing Wednesday evening, was found early Thursday in some bushes about 100 yards from his Cordova home.

Dominic Jeffries was to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital by ambulance as soon as he was found. His official condition is not yet known, but police say he is "OK."

According to officers, Dominic got into trouble at school Wednesday and did not want to get into anymore trouble when he got home.

A City Watch was issued Wednesday evening, prompting a search for the missing boy. The 7-year-old was last seen around 5:15 p.m. around the 7500 block of Emerald Greens Drive in Cordova, walking a small black Shih Tzu.

The search intensified Thursday morning when the dog returned without the young boy.

"We've been to the golf course several times. Both sides. In the house," said neighbor Cameron Fisher, who helped in the search. "Really, everywhere we could possibly think."

He was found around 7 a.m., hiding in between some bushes and a brick wall, wearing some camouflage and a winter hat. Investigators believe Dominic was aware that people were searching for him.

"He's real smart. He's shy. He don't talk much," said his mother, Charity Groves, who also told Action News 5 that Dominic has been staying with former America's Next Top Model contestant Robin Manning.

According to Groves, Manning used to own the day care Dominic attended. He has been living with her for three years; she got official custody of him on January 24.

"This don't seem right," said Groves. "Something's wrong. I wanna know what happened to my child."

The Department of Children's Services is investigating the case.

"Our main mission is to keep kids safe," said Rob Johnson, Tennessee Department of Children's Services. "To get them healthy and to get them back on track."

He continued, "We're going to take a close look to make sure that everybody is safe and everybody is healthy and to see potentially if there's anything we can do to help."

But as far as MPD is concerned, the case is closed as they do not believe anything criminal happened.

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