Update: The boy has been found safe, police said on Monday, Oct. 3.
BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn (PIX11) — The mother and father of a 13-year-old Brooklyn boy asked the public for help in locating him after he took out the trash Saturday morning and didn’t come back.
The boy’s mother flew to New York City from Kansas City, Missouri after learning her son was missing.
“I was not aware of any issues,” she told PIX11 News on Tuesday.
The mother said her son and his older brother had been staying with their father for the last year at the dad’s home on Rockaway Parkway in Brownsville. She said she asked her son’s father what happened before the boy went missing.
“He said that [the boy] had got in trouble for a basketball game,” the mother said. “[The boy] told him at the last minute that he had a basketball game.”
The mother said she was told the father’s girlfriend took the teen’s phone away.
“I feel like there’s more to the story,” the mom said. “It’s not like [the teen] to go missing for days. He’s an easy-going kid. A lover of God. He used to go to church when he was living with me.”
PIX11 News reached the boy’s father Tuesday morning. He said he was working at his construction job when the boy went missing. He added that he and his girlfriend wanted the teen to focus more on his studies and improve his grade average in school.
“He goes to school every day,” the dad said. “We want him to be above a certain average in school. My girl said, ‘You have to focus on your classes.'”
PIX11 News was asked to look into the case by the Black and Missing Foundation, which is based in Washington, D.C. The NYPD confirmed it received a missing person report about the boy and the department is actively investigating his disappearance.