A Manhattan mother is desperate for her 24-year-old developmentally disabled daughter to come home, more than a week after the young woman as last seen leaving her Bronx group home, and family members have only received occasional messages from the missing woman through Facebook. Bronx borough reporter Erin Clarke filed the following report.
Francine Davis pleaded Monday for the safe return of her 24-year-old daughter, Nylene Davis.
"I just want my baby to come home and come home whole," the mother said.
Nylene Davis was staying at a group home in the Woodlawn Heights of the Bronx when she walked off last Sunday and did not come back.
Francine Davis has posted signs asking for help in finding the young woman. She says she's heard from people who think they have seen her at a Pathmark in Harlem and other places in Manhattan.
Friends and family have tried to contact her on Facebook.
"There is dialogue going on of 'Wherever you are, you need to let your mom know because everybody in New York City is looking for you. You are all over the news.' She answered back, 'I don't care,'" Francine Davis said.
The mother said Nylene's actions are like that of someone half her age, and Francine Davis was worried Nylene would not know if she was putting herself in danger.
Francine Davis faults the group home for Nylene's disappearance. She said that her daughter was allowed to go on what was supposed to be an 10-minute unsupervised walk, something she would never allow.
"She's a runaway. Why would you ever allow a runaway to go out by themselves?" Francine Davis said.
Nylene Davis has been at the Bronx group home for about a year-and-a-half and before then she spent time at a home on Staten Island, where her mother said she ran away several times.
Despite that history, a spokeswoman for the home said the mother approved of her daughter taking 10-minute walks alone as a goal of her treatment, something Francine Davis denies.
"My lips couldn't possibly, my esophagus wouldn't hold that type of sentence when we're talking about let Nylene go somewhere by herself," said Francine Davis.
The spokeswoman for the group home says they are in touch with Nylene's family and police.
As the days go by, Francine Davis has become frustrated with what she said is a lack of communication and inaction from law enforcement.
The New York City Police Department classified this as a missing person case and was asking the public for help in finding Nylene Davis.
Anyone with information on Nylene Davis' whereabouts should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.