Dad pleads for return of kidnapped daughter

By Joel Julien

JANTON Providence has only one Christmas wish.

Providence, 36, hopes he can spend today with his two-year-old daughter Kassie.

It would have been her “first real Christmas”, Providence said yesterday.

Providence’s dream turned into a nightmare four days before Christmas, however, when Kassie was kidnapped from the front porch of the family’s Chaguanas home.

Providence visited Express House in Port of Spain yesterday as he is seeking any medium to get information on Kassie’s whereabouts.

On Saturday morning around 10 o’clock, Kassie was in the front porch of the family’s Niblett Street, Reynold Terrace, Enterprise, Chaguanas, home playing with her two cousins.

Their grandmother Jennifer, Janton Providence’s mother, was at home caring for them. 

She left the trio in the front porch and went inside to get something from the kitchen. While inside, Jennifer heard Kassie scream out. 

As Jennifer returned to the front porch she saw a woman running away with Kassie.

Kassie was dressed in a nightie and barefooted. Jennifer ran behind the woman, but the woman entered a waiting car, which sped off.

Jennifer says the woman fits the description of a close female relative who the family had not seen or been in contact with in more than a year. Jennifer called her son. She was in tears.

Providence attempted to call the female relative who they suspect to be the kidnapper. Her phone was switched off. The suspect is a Guyanese national.

The Providence family have no idea where Kassie is. Providence called ChildLine on its 800-4321 hotline.

ChildLine alerted Piarco International Airport and all other ports of entry about the situation. Chaguanas Police Station was also contacted.

Providence said Kassie has been living with him since she was born on March 18, 2011. He and the suspect broke up last year.

Since the break-up the suspect has only made contact with Kassie two weeks last year, once in May and the other in August.

Providence said he filed for full custody of Kassie at the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court earlier this year.

The court was unable to serve a summons on the suspect because she could not be located. Providence said he has been distraught since Saturday.

“Everyday I have been crying. I have been paying people for information to help me find back Kassie,” he said.

Providence said Kassie suffered an asthma attack two weeks ago and now she is without her prescribed medication. 

He is hoping for the best.

“She don’t know nothing about this child. I am just praying that everything will be alright. I don’t want to think negative,” he said.

Providence said he is hoping for a Christmas miracle to spend time with Kassie. 

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