17-year-old Dalayshia Miles was last seen on Sunday while walking to Darby Park near her home in Inglewood. Police are treating her disappearance as a possible kidnapping case after her parents received a phone call from a man who said he was holding the girl. Angie Crouch reports from Inglewood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on June 28, 2013.
Police were investigating the apparent kidnapping of a developmentally disabled Inglewood teenager, and a possible kidnapper has made several disturbing phone calls to the girl's parents, authorities said Friday.
Dalaysia Miles, 17, had run away several times before, so at first her parents and police thought she had run away. Her parents said she has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old due to her disability.
But then her parents said they received a phone call from a man who said he had their daughter.
"I begged for him to allow me to speak with her," said the girl's stepmother, Celeste Williams. "He said, 'No, you just better hope that she's safe.'"
She said she heard her daughter cry out for help.
"We're going to treat this seriously," said Lt. Gabriela Garcia, of the Inglewood Police Department. "We're going to treat this as a kidnapping."
They sent her a Facebook message and somebody wrote back, but the message and spelling indicated it wasn't her.
The teen has been without her medicine for nearly a week, police said.