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Disabled woman goes missing from group home

Monday, February 04, 2013

A frantic mother is desperate to find her 24-year-old developmentally disabled daughter.

The mother left her daughter in the care of a health care facility, but the mother says instead of keeping a close eye on the vulnerable patient, the staff let her go on an unsupervised walk.

The mother says she disappeared over a week ago and there is still no sign of her.

'I'm not afraid, I trust God, I just want my baby to come home," said Francine Davis, mother.

An emotional Francine Davis pleaded for help to find her missing developmentally disabled daughter.

24-year-old Nylene Davis left the Leake and Watts group home in the Bronx where she was a resident on Sunday, January 27th.

It was supposed to be a 10-minute walk, but she hasn't been seen since.

Francine insists Nylene should never have been allowed to go anywhere alone.

"In her records she's a runaway, why would you allow a runaway to go by themselves," Davis said.

The home is run by the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities which would only say in a written statement, "Because of confidentiality rules, OPWDD cannot publicly disclose information about any individual who receives services."

This is not the first time a Leake and Watts center has come under scrutiny. In April of last year, in Yonkers a 16-year-old boy died after being physically restrained by staff members. No charges were filed.

For now, Francine Davis says answers from the agency can wait-until she gets her daughter safely back home.

'I just want her to come how, that's all, I just want her to come home," Davis said.

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