Authorities are looking for a missing 5-year-old girl who may be at risk of harm after being picked up from school Monday by her mentally ill mother, Detroit police said.
The woman, Carmela Lynn Jackson, has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and postpartum depression and does not have custody of her daughter, according to police. She picked up the girl, Zoie Jackson, Monday afternoon at a Detroit Community Schools facility on the 12000 block of Burt Road in Detroit.
Authorities are looking for a black, 2002 Lexus crossover vehicle with a Michigan license plate number of CMR 0252.
The pair may be headed toward or already in Elkhart, Ind., where Carmela Jackson has family, said Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody.
Zoie Jackson is black, 4 feet tall, weighs 62 pounds and has braided, shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a red shirt, black pants and black boots with fur. She also has a black and pink backpack.
Carmela Jackson, 37, is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
Woody said Detroit police are working tonight with Michigan State Police to trigger an Amber Alert bulletin, which involves the nationwide broadcast of information about missing children.
Woody said the girl’s grandmother reported the incident Monday at the police department’s 2nd Precinct. But there was a miscommunication involving the woman and a police officer there, Woody said, and it was unclear at the time whether it was a civil matter.
Woody said the girl’s father contacted police today and provided more information, such as details about the mother’s mental health.
“It wasn’t until today that the father started making some phone calls and got the ball rolling, that’s when we realized we have a major issue on our hands,” Woody said.
Woody said Detroit police have notified other law enforcement agencies about Zoie.
“We are working very diligently to catch up to the mother and daughter,” he said.
Woody said the child’s grandmother dropped her off at school Monday, a day that the girl’s father had a scheduled surgery. Later, when the grandmother went to pick her up, she realized that the girl’s mother had already gotten her.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police at (313) 237-2579.
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