A 14-year-old girl suspected of running away from her Cottage Pen home in St Thomas has left her mother, Maria Bryan, in a state of anxiety.
The mother of three told The Gleaner that she has not been able to sleep nor eat since Tuesday, April 13, when she first noticed that her youngest child and only daughter, Karelle Richards, was missing.
Bryan shared that as an attendant at the Princess Margaret Hospital, she often takes Karelle with her to work. Tuesday morning was no different.
“When we both left the house to go to work, she was in a yellow T-shirt and jeans pants, but she left me there and went home. It seems she go change because somebody told me she was wearing a white top when they saw her in a taxi. It look like she leave and go change, pack up things and left … Nobody took her away. She ran away,” said the saddened mother, who added that Karelle also took along with her a bottle of coins that she (Bryan) had been saving.
Bryan revealed that her 14-year-old daughter had been requesting revealing outfits, desires that she was reluctant to meet.
“She has been telling me that she wants her hair to be done, she wants nails to be done and telling me to buy some little skimpy, tight up things, and I told her I’m not buying those for her to wear. I’m in church, and I don’t deal with those skimpy things. I will buy jeans pants for her, but I won’t buy the tight up stuff to show up her physique, but that is what she wants,” Bryan said.
She added: “Because of this, she kept telling people that I don’t treat her good. I don’t know how I treat her … every day I have her with me … when me on morning shift mi carry her, afternoon shift mi carry her, night shift mi carry her same way … is mi baby.”
Bryan shared that she is not angry at her daughter; she just wants her safely home. She told The Gleaner of fears that her daughter might have run away to be with a stranger she met on social media.
“I took away her phone in February after I answered a call on it from a man. When mi ask her who it was, she said she meet him on Instagram. Now I hear that she told people that she is going to Clarendon because she find boyfriend on Instagram. I don’t know anyone from Clarendon,” Bryan said.
The St Thomas police confirmed that a report was made and that dialogue has been made with the Clarendon team. They say an alert has been put out for the missing teen.