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Missing boy found; dad arrested in mom’s death

George Hunter, and Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 39-year-old Port Huron man is expected to be arraigned this week after he allegedly killed his child’s mother and kidnapped the young boy, according to police.

Douglas Ball

Douglas Ball Jr. is accused of killing Lydia Ball, 30, and kidnapping their 5-year-old child named Douglas Ball III. The victim’s cause of death remained unknown as an autopsy was expected to be completed Monday.

The woman was found dead by her parents around 4:20 p.m. Saturday, inside her home on the 1200 block of Rawlins, Public Safety Director Michael Reaves said on Monday.

“It originally came in as a missing person report, but the (parents) called us back and said they found the woman’s body (in the basement),” Lt. Joel Wood said Sunday.

As police investigated the woman’s homicide Sunday, they also issued an Amber Alert for her little boy.

“We had a team in charge of the incident here along with Michigan State Police, and another apprehension team following up on leads,” Wood said. “One of those leads led to an Orion Township home.”

The home belongs to the suspect’s estranged mother, Reaves said. When police arrived, he was holed up inside with the woman and his son.

“He wouldn’t let her answer the door,” Reaves said.

Douglas Ball Jr.

Officials left a team to watch the house until the woman eventually emerged around 8:20 a.m. Sunday. The suspect was sleeping at the time, Reaves said.

Police stopped the woman, who told police Ball and Douglas were inside the house.

“I don’t think (the person being questioned) was aware of what had happened,” Wood said.

Reaves on Monday confirmed the suspect’s mother was unaware of the situation.

“We called the Oakland County Sheriff’s (Office) for assistance, and they were instrumental in assisting us,” Wood said. “We made entry into the home with their assistance, safely recovered the child, and took our person of interest (Ball) into custody.”

With the little boy safe, the Amber Alert was canceled as Ball was taken to the Oakland County Jail. He since has been transported to Port Huron, Wood said.

“He’s not been charged or arraigned yet,” Wood said Sunday. “We’re questioning him now. We don’t know if the child knows anything.”

The little boy has been placed with his maternal grandparents, Reaves said Monday.

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