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'I just came home and I heard that my baby is missing'

Father of kidnapped child says he has nothing to do with disappearance

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS
Senior staff reporter
dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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THE father of five-week-old Nyyear Frank — the baby boy allegedly stolen from his mother in St Andrew on Sunday — is dismissing speculations that he is behind his child's disappearance.

“I have different information from what the mother has. Persons have been saying 'wonder if is the father take away the baby', nothing like that. I was at a football match. I don't know what happened, I just came home and I heard that my baby is missing,” the elder Frank told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

According to a report from the Half-Way-Tree police after the incident, on Sunday, Nyyear's mother was walking with him along Rousseau Road in St Andrew when a motor car drove up with three men aboard. One of the men reportedly alighted from the vehicle and forced Nyyear and his mother into the motor car, before taking the child from the mother and shoving her from the vehicle. It further emerged that the mother had purportedly gone to meet persons she had met on social media who had offered items for the baby.

Yesterday, the distraught father, who said he has not eaten or slept well over the last few days, told the Observer that he was sceptical about the mother's report.

“She don't come from Rousseau Road so I don't know why she talk bout she ago walk baby; that don't make any sense,” he said. He added that people have been volunteering information which was in direct contrast to what has been aired so far, but said he was waiting until the appropriate time before disclosing same.

In the meantime, he said while he was no longer in a relationship with the mother of the child he has been supporting his child financially.

He further shared that the weekend his son was taken he had actually been spending the weekend for the first time at his home along with the mother even though they are no longer intimate.

“This was his first official weekend with me because even though we are not together, I want to play my part,” Frank said.

In the meantime, the first-time father is taking issue with how he said he was treated by police at the Half-Way-Tree Police Station when he went to give a voluntary statement to them on Tuesday.

“They are not treating me good. They are treating me like I am a criminal,” said the father, who asked that his first name not be used. He added that while at the police station a policeman shouted at him to sit down and when he did not he came and slammed a door, which he said, “hit me in my head”. He, however, admitted that the police might have been upset at him because he used expletives to the child's mother who was also there at the time as he struggled to contain his emotions about his missing son.

According to the father, his child's mother had no need to go to meet strangers in order to collect items for the baby as the child was not in need.

“The baby doesn't want anything, she shouldn't be taking anything from strangers; that's my son, he's my responsibility,” he said.

When the Observer contacted the Criminal Investigation Bureau division at the Half-Way-Tree Police Station to query whether there had been any further developments in the case the newspaper was told to contact the Constabulary Communication Unit of the police force for that information.


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