It has been nearly five days since Detroit 2-year-old Bianca Jones disappeared and her father is speaking out, making a passionate appeal for her return and seeking to dispel claims that he was in any way involved with the incident.
"I really don't care about all the scrutiny that they place on me because if my daughter comes back home safely, that's all that matters. ... I don't hurt my children," Bianca’s father D'Andre Lane told local news station WJBK. Lane claims that police have placed an unfair level of scrutiny upon him in light of the investigation into Bianca’s whereabouts.
The search for Bianca began Friday after Lane told police he was the victim of a carjacking while he was stopped at an intersection. According to Lane, the thieves took his car and drove off with Bianca still strapped into her car seat. He believes that the thieves didn’t intend to take Bianca along with them, and hopes that they will have the courage to return her.
"The people who did this just panicked. They're taking care of her and they're going to let her go safely," Lane confidently told reporters.
Since Bianca was reported missing, hundreds of volunteers have pitched in to help with the search effort; canvassing the neighborhood where Bianca lives and where the car Lane was driving was found. Detroit police Sgt. Eren Stephens told the Associated Press that nearly 80 law enforcement officers, including city and state police officers and FBI agents, are involved in the search and are actively following up on tips from the public.
However grateful of police efforts, Lane still feels that the police investigation has focused too heavily on him and not enough on the real perpetrators. Lane says that authorities have searched his home four times since the incident and he began receiving death threats after he reportedly failed a lie detector test.
"I don't care what people say about me if my baby is returned," D'Andre Lane, father of Bianca Jones told the Detroit Free Press. "I've never gone through anything like this in my life."
Bianca is African-American, 2 feet, 5 inches tall, 25 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink dress, pink tights, pink shoes and a purple coat.
There are several rewards being offered to anyone with information about the crime. Police are offering a $15,000 anonymous reward for anyone with information about Bianca’s whereabouts and Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward. If you have any information, please contact the Detroit Police.
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(Photos: AP Photo/Paul Sancya)