DALLAS — Editor's note: The missing 15-year-old was found May 21. Her name has been removed from this article. Read more here.
Original article: A mother in Dallas is asking for the community’s help in locating her missing daughter. Brendetta McDonald has been placing fliers in areas across Dallas and posting her daughter’s photo on a variety of social media sites.
McDonald said her 15-year-old daughter has been missing since April 27. Thursday, May 12, the Dallas Police Department upgraded her case to "critical missing".
“Just come home baby," McDonald said as she cried. "Do whatever you’ve got to do to get home. I miss you."
The emotional mom said her daughter left the house after getting in trouble at school. Now the teen’s family is concerned about her safety since having no contact for two weeks.
McDonald and her family believe the teen may be trying to get home.
This is among 70 runaway and dozens of missing persons cases the Dallas Police Department is currently investigating. Detectives said they’ve been running the teen's name through different databases, trying to track her down.
In addition to the department's investigation, the family has also been doing some footwork of its own, trying to find leads.
McDonald said her family received tips that she was spotted in several locations around Downtown Dallas and South Dallas.
McDonald also said running away is unlike her daughter. She said she is worried her daughter could be in danger.
“My biggest concern is that she’s held against her will, and she wants to come home, but she can’t come home," McDonald said. "She wants to come home. I know my baby wants to come home."