Police seek help locating child reported missing
CRANSTON, R.I. —
Woonsocket police are looking for the public's help in locating a child reported missing.
Daniel Britt, 6, was last seen Jan. 8 with his mother, Andria Britt.
Police said 35-year-old Andria Britt may be en route to Washington state in violation of a Family Court order.
Police said Andria Britt is driving a red 2004 Ford Focus with Rhode Island registration 942-649. The car also has a yellow sticker that reads, "Support your local farmers" on driver side back bumper.
Police described Daniel Britt as a white male, 4 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 50 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. Andria Britt was described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing between 110 and 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Police say Andria Britt may have dyed her hair blonde.
Sean Britt said the last time he saw his son was Jan. 3.
"It was 8:30 in the morning when I dropped him off for his mother's visitation, and that was the last time I saw him," he said.
At that time he said he never imagined his son and ex-wife would be missing nearly a week later.
"We had a court date me and her, for Wednesday, she never showed up to court and I called Bernon Heights Elementary School and said, 'Did my son come to school today?' They said, no and they had not heard from her, so then I knew something was going on, and I knew something was wrong," Sean Britt said.
The couple shared joint custody of Daniel, and since the child did not show up for the court mandated Jan. 8 visit with his father, authorities took action.
"We've actually got an arrest warrant for child snatching against mom for not bringing the child back when she was supposed to, and at this point I've exhausted all leads possible that I have in finding Daniel. So at this point, we're using the media as a source to try to get the word out, get their pictures out, get the car out, so that the public can help us in finding Daniel and return him safely," said Sgt. Matthew Ryan of the Woonsocket Police Department.
Sean Britt said his ex-wife has a sister near Boston, but other than that, her entire family is in one place, clear across the country.
"At this point we don't know where they're headed, but we know she has family in Washington state," Ryan said.
"I absolutely believe after what she did before that she would hurt him now. That's my worst fear," Sean Britt said. "It's way too quiet around here. He's usually running all around. I just want my son back. I just want her to realize that she's in enough trouble already. She's got a warrant for her arrest for kidnapping. I want her to know that if she continues to run with him, and she continues to try to hide, the she's just going to make it worse on herself. Just drop Daniel off at the local police station, a hospital drop him off here, do something. I just want him to come home."Ryan told NBC 10 that Rhode Island State Police and Woonsocket police worked together to analyze the case, but in the end opted not to call an Amber Alert because authorities do not believe that Daniel is in any immediate physical danger.Anyone with information is asked to call the Woonsocket Police Department at 401-766-1212.