Police Search for 5-year-old Disabled Boy

Published August 17, 2009

Police in Oakland, Calif., are still searching for a 5-year-old Black boy with cerebral palsy whose foster father said vanished from a shoe store parking lot within a two-minute period of being left alone.

Speaking to CNN’s Nancy Grace, the foster dad, Louis Ross said that he went to the front door of the store to ask his fiancée, Jennifer Campbell, who works there, to open the back door. "By the time I got there, Jennifer is already out of the store, walking toward me, asking, 'Where is Hasanni?' And I say, 'What do you mean, where is Hasanni?' And I look around to the side, and he is no longer there."

Campbell regularly took care of Hasanni and his 19-month-old sister, Ross told Grace, adding that he voluntarily took a lie-detector test.

"They would stay in the back room and play with each other until she got off work, and they would all come home together, and I would see them at 9:30, 10 at night, when I got home from class," Ross said. "Initially, it didn't hit me. He's probably standing around there. ... When Hasanni gets frustrated, he freezes. So I thought he would still be on the side. And we all thought -- even Jennifer thought he was probably just hiding and joking around."

Hasanni, 3 feet tall and weighing 30 pounds, was wearing shorts and white braces on his ankles because of his cerebral palsy, a debilitating brain disease that inhibits motor skills.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakland Police Department at 510-238-3641.

Written by BET.com Staff

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