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Summer Wells’ dad says her mom ‘made the wrong friends’ – but insists she knows nothing about 5-year-old’s disappearance


SUMMER Wells’ dad said her mom “made the wrong friends” — but insists she knows nothing about their five-year-old daughter’s disappearance.

Donald Wells, the father of missing Summer Wells, spoke with NewsNationNow’s Brian Entin on Monday about his daughter’s mom, Candus Bly.

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Donald described Summer’s mom Candus as a ‘good mother’[/caption]


Candus was recently questioned on Dr. Phil[/caption]

When asked by the NewsNationNow correspondent if it’s “possible that something happened to Summer that Candus knows about,” Donald said: “No, because she knows better. She would know to go directly to law enforcement.

“And an accident is one thing. She would never do something like that. She knows better than that.”

Entin also asked if Candus possibly “got into a situation where it wasn’t her fault,” to which Donald insisted: “No.”

Donald then described Candus as a “good mother” who “loves her children.”

“The biggest mistake she might have made is maybe she was in some wrong friends, but you know … it happens,” Summer’s dad said at the end of the short video clip shared to Twitter.

NewsNationNow’s full Summer Wells story following Donald’s interview will air on Tuesday night.

Summer was last seen on June 15 outside of her family’s home in Hawkins County’s Beach Creek Community.

The five-year-old had been in the front yard planting flowers with her mother and grandmother at the time, her father Donald previously said.

At some point around 6.30pm, Summer ventured back inside the home on her own because she “wanted to go downstairs and play with her toys”, he said.

“I went down in the basement, and she was gone, so she went out the basement door, which was unlocked, and we haven’t seen her since,” Donald Wells said.

An AMBER Alert was issued for Summer the following day, after being upgraded from an Endangered Child Alert.

Donald has previously said that the family believes she was abducted, despite officials saying there is no evidence to support his claims.


Donald and Candus have exhibited “guilty language” when they were quizzed over their daughter’s mysterious disappearance, two body language experts have claimed.

Summer’s parents, Candus and Don Wells, appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil on Thursday where they were interviewed by behavior analysts and body language experts Scott Rouse and Greg Hartley.

Rouse and Hartley sat down with the pair to assess whether they may be lying about Summer’s disappearance and their repeated claims they don’t know where she is or what happened to her.

The experts told Dr. Phil that during their discussion they spotted behaviors in each that gave them cause to be suspicious.


When Dr. Phil, Rouse, and Hartley turned their attention to Candus, whom they accused of ‘fading facts,’ they began by focusing on Candus’ reaction when they asked her what she thinks should happen to the person that “took” Summer.

Before answering, Candus closed her eyes and paused — something the experts said was a classic example of “blocking or escaping.”

She then stammered, after taking a deep breath, and said: “They should be put away for the rest of their lives. I mean, they should be tormented I think.”

Characterizing Candus’ behavior, Rouse said: “There’s a lot going on here. She’s not sure what she should say. Everything she’s going says ‘I’m unsure and shouldn’t be saying this.’”


Candus also stormed out of the Dr. Phil “interrogation” as she cried when she asked about organized crime in their area.

Their tears-inducing question suggested Summer may have been kidnapped by the “cornbread mafia,” a colloquial term that refers to a grassroots, organized crime ring.

While her husband attempted to answer the question, insisting he’s heard of gang activity in their neighborhood, Candus turned to him and said: “Get these wires off of me.”

Don reacted by patting her on the back and saying “these are tough questions,” but Candus said: “No, I’m being interrogated again and I don’t want to do this.”

Candus struggled to take off her microphone and revealed she “wanted out” and to “go home.”

It was then she got up and left the room as her husband remained sitting.

Rouse described her actions as “insulating and running.”


Earlier this month, it emerged that Summer’s aunt Rose Marie Bly went missing from Polk County, Wisconsin in 2009.

The sister of summer’s mom “disappeared without a trace,” the little girl’s dad told WJHL in July.

Her car was found 30 miles away from her home in a parking lot.


Dr. Phil said he observed Donald contradict himself several times, saying “no and yes” in the same sentence while “stammering and stuttering all over the place.”

Hartley added: “For me, you’ll notice his eyes are dropping down to his left he’s having kind of an internal conversation about how do I answer this very complicated question.

“And I think he edits he speaks and never finishes a sentence.”

Dr. Phil then said it’s “very clear to me” that Don was “holding something back … something he has knowledge of” regarding Summer’s disappearance.

That was when the trio turned their attention to Candus, whom they suspected of “fading facts.”


When Candus was asked by Hartley and Rouse on what she thinks should happen to the person that “took” Summer,” the missing girl’s mom closed her eyes and paused before answering.

The experts said this was a classic example of “blocking or escaping.”

Hartley later said Candus’ behavior could be a sign of “guilt or fear.”

“It could be a number of things,” he added. “We can’t read minds. But we can read symptoms – and those symptoms are pretty clear.”


Don, who was at work at the time, and his wife have long maintained that his daughter was abducted by an unknown perpetrator, but so far no evidence has surfaced to support the theory.

The parents have been accused across social media of being involved in Summer’s vanishing, even receiving death threats. They have vehemently denied those claims.

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Summer was last seen on June 15[/caption]

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Summer’s dad Donald spoke with NewsNationNow’s Brian Entin on Monday[/caption]

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