Valencia Crawford is living a mother’s nightmare. Her 16-year-old daughter April hasn’t been seen since late last year when she ran away from the Jewish Children’s Center in Pleasantville in upper Westchester County. Valencia described the circumstances to me.
“She left with another girl. They ran off. The girl came back and told the staff she was at some place in the Bronx and she was drinking with some men.”
April was gone. Back to the streets. Then in June of this year, Valencia described a torturous breakthrough of sorts.
“June 21st the hours of six and 8pm the phone rings. My fiancé answered it. He just passed it to me right quick and said ‘April.’ I said hello. She said ma? I said oh my God baby where are you? Everybody’s looking for you! I love you where are you?…She just started crying….”
“She got quiet. She’s crying. I said where are you? She said they got me in a basement… it took her a while to respond…a few seconds and she said I don’t know. I said is drugs or anything involved prostitution? She said yes mommy.”
“…… I was gonna ask her another question. And the phone just went. And I was like hello? Hello?”
If you know anything, if you think you know anything about April’s whereabouts, get in touch with me. And take a look at the video because the text here doesn’t really do justice to Valencia Crawford’s love and anguish for her daughter.