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'Missing' 12-year-old Hailey back home

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Her face is still on billboards listed as a missing person of T&T  but it's been more than a week since 12-year-old Hailey Kinsale came back home. 

The man with whom she was staying is now being interrogated by the police.

Police said Kinsale has not spoken much about her disappearance while both her mother Alicia Alexander and grandmother Samdayah Singh called on the authorities to assist her with counseling.

In an interview Monday, Alexander said she was happy that her daughter was safe. 

"I am looking forward to going with her to collect her SEA results. It has been many sleepless nights and we are just thankful and happy that she is safe," Alexander said in a telephone interview. 

Saying she did not want to put her daughter through emotional stress, Alexander said she could not disclose where her daughter was staying.

"All I can say is that she was safe and she was not harmed. She was found a week ago," Alexander revealed.

She noted that her daughter has been in a happy mood since she came home but has not answered many questions.

"We are still to discover what went wrong. It is a work in progress but we want her to get professional help. She is not telling us why she left home," Alexander said.

Meanwhile, Singh said she was hurt by the actions of her granddaughter.

"I am very happy she is home, now I can sleep. Right now she is with her mother but I  feel she need some counseling in her life," Singh said. She also said the child had given no explanations.

"She gets everything she needs not everything she wants but everything she needs we give it to her..I don’t know the reasons but I feel very hurt. I am displeased but I am thankful to God that she is safe. It could have been the other way around. I know that people have sent out blessings and prayers and I appreciate that," Singh said. 

She added that Kinsale was "never on lockdown" but was allowed to go to the cinema and other places.

"When she wants to go places, we take her. We take her to the cinema. When her father gets pay she gets her allowances and she has money to spend. I give her support. This was upsetting and painful to us," Singh added. She said she wanted the National Family Services to contact them and offer professional help to the girl.

Kinsale, a standard-five student of the Marabella Anglican Primary School went missing on May 24. She was last seen playing with her friends at a basketball court near the family Roy Joseph Street, San Fernando, apartment. 

Police who checked Kinsale's laptop said she had been staying at a house in Sangre Grande. A 25-year-old man is now in police custody and is assisting with investigations.

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