Father pleads for teen’s return

The father of a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since last Friday is making an emotional appeal for her to return home.

The child was last seen near the St Luke’s Brighton Primary School in St George last Friday, after she told a family member that she was going to meet a younger cousin at school.

Police said she was wearing a red and white striped dress with black tights and a pair of black and white slippers. Her hair was plaited in two cornrows, with
red braids.

A troubled Mark Taylor with whom she lives at Melverton, St George did not seem to think his daughter had suffered the worst. He told Barbados TODAY he simply wanted her to come home.   

Mark Taylor just wants his missing daughter Kaneisha to come home.
Mark Taylor just wants his missing daughter Kaneisha to come home.

“At the end of the day she is my daughter despite the fact of whatever she does. I will still love her no matter what. I may be a little disappointed, but I just encouraging her to come back home and let me see what other help I can get to try to find out what is her concern,” Taylor said, the worrying look on his face betraying his deep despair.

“She still don’t really talk. When you ask her what’s wrong she would say nothing. I just want her to come back home because her family really misses her. I hope she returns safe, that’s the truth.”

The young girl had left home once before without word of her whereabouts. Her father recalled his sheer shock and disgust when the police found her at a man’s home last December, a few days after she had left home one night, indicating she was on her way to the shop.

Just last Thursday, one day before the teenager’s disappearance, the 26-year-old St Michael man was released on bail after he was charged in connection with the child’s absence from home.

“I don’t know how she met him or how she knew him. But I took her phone and went through it and I saw a picture of this guy with her.

“So I do the usual searching, send the pictures to my friends and that is how I managed to track him in Jackson [St Michael] and tell the police where to go. That was the first time she went missing,” the concerned father told Barbados TODAY.

Taylor’s determination led him to his daughter then. However, he admitted that this time he might have to work a little harder, although he had an idea where the police should begin their search for the missing girl.

“I am just hoping and praying that something good would come out of this, that I would get her find, that I could just try my best to see what other help I could get for her. I really don’t know what else to do and that’s the truth.”

In addition to his daughter, the St George man also raises a visually impaired 12-year-old son and the ordeal appeared to be weighing on him.

Taylor said his daughter had been an obedient child who “never give me any trouble” until she suffered a traumatic experience almost three years ago. Barbados TODAY is barred from mentioning the experience due to legal reasons, but the father said it changed the child’s attitude and her approach to school despite his attempts to maintain a close relationship with her.

“After we found out [about her experience] that is when everything started going in the wrong direction. As a parent it got me wondering, trying to figure out what is going on in the girl’s mind. What is it that she is really looking for? She don’t get mistreat at home, I try to give her whatever she wants,” he stressed.

Taylor and the child’s mother are separated.


4 Responses to Father pleads for teen’s return

  1. Sonia Lorde
    Sonia Lorde February 17, 2016 at 5:49 am

    dear god cover this child with your blood touch her mind remove all the negative taught bring her home safe in jesus i pray amen

  2. Minimusclecat Howard
    Minimusclecat Howard February 17, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Mark I hope with hod grace she come home safe

  3. Tony Waterman February 17, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Has anyone thought of arranging to have this Child live with or at least ave regular visits with her Mother, Girl Children will usually tell a Mother things that they will NEVER tell a Father.
    How about if there is a Juvenile Department in the Ministry, they appointing a Psychartrist to talk with the Young lady.
    She was with this Guy in Jackson the first time she went missing, was there aver an Investigation, including Medical, Because if he is having sex with a 14 Year old Girl, is that not Statutory Rape.

    In Barbados the age of consent is 16.
    Section 5, part I ‘Sexual intercourse with person between 14 and 16’ of the Sexual Offences Act 1992
    (1) Where a person has sexual intercourse with another with the other’s consent and that other person has attained the age of 14 but has not yet attained the age of 16 that person is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term of 10 years.
    The Law is there, so let’s investigate this Guy and if he is the cause of this recurring problem, let’s fix it for 10 Years.
    Let’s also investigate if there is any reason why she is ALWAYS running away from HOME. sometimes there is more to things than meet the eye.
    let’s all hope and Pray that outside of everything, she is ALIVE and WELL.

  4. Noel prescod February 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    A child is missing and they put the father photo instead of the girl,nice work reporters


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