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6-Year-Old Missing Since Parental Visit With Mom, Police Say

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    Search Underway for Missing 6-Year-Old Boy

    A 6-year-old boy has been missing for a week after his mother, who doesn't have custody, failed to return him from a scheduled visit. Rana Novini reports (Published Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018)

    What to Know

    • A 6-year-old boy has been missing since his mother took him for a parental visit more than a week ago, police said

    • Vincenzo Dacchile’s father passed the boy off to his mother, Ketanya Burke, on Sept. 7

    • Burke didn't return the boy to his father after the visit was supposed to end, according to police

    A 6-year-old boy has been missing since his mother took him for a parental visit more than a week ago, police said.

    Vincenzo Dacchile was last seen on Sept. 7, when his father handed him off to his mother at the  45th Precinct Station House in the Bronx, the NYPD said. 

    The first-grader was supposed to return to his father two days later, but he and his mother Ketanya Burke haven't been seen since, police said. 

    “I don’t know what this woman’s capable of and I don’t know where she could be,” father Vincent Dacchile said. 

    Vincenzo went to his first day of school at Saint Theresa's Elementary in the Bronx, but has missed the next five days. 

    Burke's mother says Burke was worried about Vincenzo's safety. 

    “The little boy, he’s okay," the grandmother said. "She ain’t gonna harm her son. But the point is this: I don’t think she’s going about it the legal way.”

    Dacchile says he's had issues with the custody battle. Now he just wants his son back in school and back home. 

    “I just want him back safely," Dacchile said. "His family, his friends, his life that he knows.”

    Police are searching for Vincenzo, who is 50 pounds and 4 feet tall, and Burke, who is 170 pounds and stands at 5-foot-3.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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