Woman issues plea to find 'scared' sister who vanished with children
Woman issues heartbroken plea to find ‘scared’ sister who vanished with baby and three-year-old daughter as fears grow for missing children’s safety
- Jamie-Leigh Kelly, 31, left a centre for vulnerable families with her children
- She jumped into a blue Ford Fiesta that drove away ‘at speed’, police said
- Her sister Rebecca has issued a plea for her sister and her kids to come home
A woman has issued a heartbroken plea to find her ‘scared’ sister who vanished with her baby and three-year-old daughter – as fears grow for the missing children’s safety.
Jamie-Leigh Kelly, 31, left a family assessment centre for vulnerable mothers and children in Colindale, north-west London, with her three-year-old daughter and newborn baby son this week despite protests from staff.
Her sister, Rebecca Kelly, has given a tearful plea asking for sister and niece and nephew home safe – and has revealed that she first found out Jamie-Leigh was missing when police turned up at her door and searched her flat on Wednesday.
She told The Mirror that she had just got back from holiday in Tenerife with her children at around 7.30am and then the police knocked at around 1.30pm asking where her sister was.
She said police had searched her flat and told her Jamie-Leigh ‘ran away with the kids’. Rebecca said she had tried to message her on social and tried calling her, but she thinks her phone is off and that she left it behind in a panic.
Rebecca Kelly, has given a tearful plea asking for sister Jamie-Leigh (pictured together) and niece and nephew home safe
Jamie-Leigh Kelly left a centre for vulnerable mothers and children in London against the wishes of staff with her two young children in tow
Rebecca said that if her sister could see her plea, she would ‘tell her to come home, she can get help, we can provide help for her. She’s not alone.’
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She added that she knows that her sister is ‘scared’ but added that she is a ‘brilliant mum’ who has not received the support of help she was ‘crying out for’. She added that she would ‘never hurt her children, ever, she’d never put them at risk’.
Rebecca added that she believes her sister ran away because she wants to keep her children, adding that she told services that they had scared Jamie-Leigh.
I just know that she’s scared. She’s a brilliant mum, she’s not really got the support or help she’s been crying out for. She’d never hurt her children, ever, she’d never put them at risk.
Police said yesterday they were growing ‘increasingly concerned’ for the safety of two children and their mother who went missing from a family centre two days ago.
The Metropolitan Police said she left the centre around 7.40pm on Tuesday and put the children in a blue Ford Fiesta which drove away ‘at speed’.
Officers believe a woman who has not yet been identified was driving the car, which has not been located.
On Wednesday, a man in his 50s was arrested on suspicion of child abduction and conspiracy to kidnap, police said. He remains in custody in Essex.
Ms Kelly, has links to Thurrock in Essex and Havering, east London.
Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford said yesterday: ‘We are extremely concerned about the welfare of Jamie-Leigh and her children, one of whom is less than one month old.
He said: ‘Jamie-Leigh, I am making a direct appeal to you to contact with us so we can ensure the children are safe and well.
‘We know you have no intention for the children to come to harm, so we are asking you to please pick up the phone and have a conversation with us so we can meet with you.
‘The baby may need medical care as he is newborn, so please put him first.’
They got into this blue Ford Fiesta which then left ‘at speed’ according to detectives. Police believe a woman was driving the car, which has not been traced
DS Basford added: ‘I have a team of detectives carrying out extensive lines of enquiry alongside Essex Police colleagues, and both Thurrock and Havering local authorities have been extremely supportive as we continue efforts to locate the family.
‘We believe Jamie-Leigh is being assisted, and we ask anyone in Essex or London or further afield who may have information to call our incident room without delay, or dial 999 with any real-time sightings.’
Police said there was no indication the children, who are under care protection orders, were harmed but offices are ‘extremely concerned’ for their welfare’.
Ms Kelly is described as white with green eyes, of slim build and about 5ft 4ins tall, and was wearing white jumper or long-sleeved t-shirt, white jogging trousers and white trainers at the time she left the centre.
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