Brooklyn foster child Patrick Alford, 7, threatens to run away, then disappears
A 7-year-old Brooklyn foster child who threatened to run away to his biological mother disappeared Friday night when he left to take out the trash, police and family said.
Patrick Alford walked through the lobby of his Spring Creek Development home in East New York at about 9 p.m. with his foster mother to take a bag of garbage to a trash compactor, cops and family said.
The young boy had just moved in with his foster family three weeks ago, and has attempted to flee to find his mother before, the family said.
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ACS, NYPD Seek Missing Brooklyn Boy
The Adminstration for Children's Services worked with police Saturday to try to locate a missing Brooklyn child.
Patrick Alford, aged seven, was last seen Friday evening leaving the lobby of the Spring Creek Development in the Starrett City section of Brooklyn, where he lives with a foster family.
Alford's biological family says the boy was placed there by ACS officials when he was taken away from his mother. They also say a caseworker informed them that the boy was missing from his foster home.
ACS officials would not go into detail on Saturday about how the boy disappeared or why the child was removed from his original home.
Already missing for over 24 hours. Come home soon, Patrick.
Patrick's NCMEC poster: http://www.missingkids.com/missingki...archLang=en_US
Classified as Endangered Missing, NOT Endangered Runaway. GOOD!
"Patrick was last seen on January 22, 2010 and was last known to be in or near Brooklyn, NY. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans, blue and black Jordan sneakers. Patrick has a scar on his left eyelid."
Hoping Patrick is warm and safe somewhere tonight.....
oh dear -- the streets are not safe for 7 y/o's....I hope they find him safe any minute now.
What worries me most is that we didn't hear anything about this yesterday. The media didn't have anything out about it until nearly 24-hours later. This is a SEVEN YEAR OLD!
Oh, good Lord, protect this child. 7 YO? Prayers.
If Marc could still smile big, so can I.
And Patrick has only been with that foster family for 3 weeks (if I read correctly)--not avery long time to adjust for a little one.
He sounds like he really misses/wants to see/ be with his mommy--very natural, imo.
The poor little guy must be soupset and his whole world has been turned around.
Heartbreaking--and I fear for his safety.
Way too long a time to get info out in the media!!!
Hoping, hoping, hoping for some good news soon that Patrick has been found safe.
oh no poor kid
hope he's found like now!
7 years old..this is scary.
I have walked to the garbage can with my son in a number of different locations and I don't remember ever losing him? I'm not getting this, it makes NO SENSE!
Patrick - prayers for you sweetie. Where ever you are, may the angels protect you and guide you to safety.
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This is a good size town!!!!!What a bloody nightmare
153 acres, almost 5,00 apt units in 46 buildings with own security patrol-
 Special Police Force
The proper name of the Special Police Force is Spring Creek Towers Department of Public Safety. Starrett City employs armed peace officers to preserve the life and property of the residents of the complex. Officers enforce New York State Laws as well as New York City laws. Starrett City is patrolled by Public Safety Officers 24 hours a day on foot, bikes, or in vehicles. The department also has various specialized units modeled after the New York City Police Department.
As of the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 14,620 people living in Starett City. The demographics of Starett City were 44.7% African American, 38.0% White, 18.4% Hispanic or Latino and 4.1% Asian. As of 1999, the median family income was $68,525.************snipped
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"The boy lives in the confines of the 75th precinct at 130 Vandalia Avenue in Brooklyn."
According to Family Watchdog, there are about 40 sex offenders within a mile of this address. There are over 1,000 sex offenders within 5 miles.
I also kind of got worried when she said, "He's [been] running away from the day he come in." Not sure what to make of this. Was hoping for a name of the foster mother and/or biological mother, but nothing yet.
Wonder when we will see bio mom?
It's been dark for awhile now, back there and I imagine it is pretty cold in New York this time of year. I hope he has found shelter or, better yet, that he has been found and is safe.
I'm not understanding how the foster mom lost him on the way to the garbage can? I'm worried.
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I agree about getting names. As soon as we have something to go on....
Also, the first article said "trash compactor" instead of just taking the trash out to the can/bin. That just brings up all sorts of horrible things in my mind that I don't even want to think about right now.
New York City police are looking for 7-year-old boy who disappeared from his home in Brooklyn Friday night. Investigators say Patrick Alford ran out of his home on Vandalia Avenue in East New York when his foster mother went to throw out the trash.
Police are talking to the boy's biological mother, but they do not believe foul play was involved.
A trash compactor does make more sense in these large apt.complexes.
At the same time changes possibilites, imo.
Not good in any scenario.
Patrick has been missing for way too long!