Twenty days after a two-year-old boy and his 18-year-old mother were allegedly abducted by a close male relative, the boy has again been abducted by the relative.
The child’s mother now fears for the child’s safety and blames the police for not charging the relative after the first incident.
Police said investigations are continuing into the boy’s abduction, which occurred on Tuesday morning at his Sangre Grande home.
A team of police and Hunters Search and Rescue Team members were said to be combing several forested areas in Sangre Grande up to late last night.
According to a police report, at about 2.30 am, Habib Ali, of Quash Trace, Sangre Grande, contacted the Sangre Grande Police Station and reported that whilst at home with his sister Adeba Ali, 18, and her son Umar, two, he was awakened by his sister. Habib told officers that Adeba told him that the 35-year-old suspect had broken into the house, took his nephew without her consent and left in a direction unknown to them.
Sangre Grande police officers went to the home of the suspect at Barker Trace, Coalmine, Sangre Grande, and spoke to a relative, who indicated that he received a call from a cellphone number at about 3 am from the suspect stating that “he in trouble.”
Speaking with the Guardian Media yesterday afternoon, the child’s mother, Adeba, said she is fearful for her son’s life. She claimed that on May 4, she and her son were abducted by the suspect but within hours they were found and rescued from a house in Manzanilla.
“The police had the man in a cell for two days and they let him go without any charge. Now he come back and take my son and gone, nowhere to be found so far. I think the police can do more to find my son but at the same time, I cannot tell them what to do,” Adeba said.
“I think he was stalking us for a while. I know the man yes. I remembered seeing him standing in the doorway with my son and I ask him why he taking my son and where he’s going but I was too afraid to follow him to see where he went with my child but I woke up my brother and then we contacted the police. So far, we’ve looked all over for my son but nothing yet.”
Officers at the Sangre Grande station said they are conducting searches and continuing investigations.
However, officers urged anyone with information on the whereabouts of the child or suspect to contact the nearest police station, 999, 555 or 800 TIPS.