Father of abandoned toddler speaks out

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – We're learning a lot of new information about Tameka Claiborne's son, who was found abandoned in a parking lot at Swift Creek Apartments in Chesterfield.

We now know the little boy's name is Malik Ellison and he just celebrated his third birthday. The boy's father says Claiborne would never "voluntarily" leave their son alone.

Hasaan Ellison is relived his 3-year-old son, Malik, was found safe and sound. He's worried about the well being of the boy's mother, Tameka Claiborne.

"She loves her son. There's no way she would have abandoned him or left him alone - in no shape fashion or form," said Ellison.

Malik was found by himself -- crying in the parking lot of Swift Creek Apartments around 11:30 Tuesday night. Neither parent lives in the complex.

"We have a lot of friends and family that not only live here in these apartments, but also work in those apartments," said Ellison.

Ellison doesn't know how his son ended up at the development. He says Malik had been in the care of his mother. Officers conducted ground searches and passed out fliers of Malik's missing mom.

"She's like a sister to me. I talk to her regularly and we communicate. I just wish she come home safely," said Christa Ellison, Malik's aunt.

Christa and Malik's father say they don't know where Claiborne could be. Hasaan Ellison says Claiborne did call him earlier this week and delivered a disturbing message.

"Her boyfriend for some reason - they'd had an altercation and she also called me to say somebody was looking for them about money -- or something to that affect. Right now, the only questions I have on my mind is where is her boyfriend, and where is she," said Ellison.

Police officers wrapped up their ground search and shutdown their mobile command center at Swift Creek Apartments around nine o'clock Wednesday night. Investigators say it's unclear right now, if they'll be back out at that site tomorrow.

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