Reporting Karen Anderson
ROCKPORT (CBS) – The family of Caleigh Harrison is publicly trying to keep the focus on the search for the two year old who was last seen one month ago by Long Beach in Rockport. But privately, Caleigh’s father Anthony Harrison has expressed concern to Rockport Police regarding his 4-year-old daughter Lizzie’s welfare, and his estranged wife’s state of mind.
By law, police must report his concern to state child welfare officials.
Today Caleigh’s father said he never intended for a state investigation, explaining, “I don’t know what it’s about, I’m trying to find out what it’s about, and that’s what I can tell you.”
Caleigh’s uncle, David Harrison says he doesn’t want to lose focus on the search for Caleigh.
“We can’t lose focus that this is what it is all about, it’s about Caleigh,” says David. “It’s not about anything else. Are we concerned about Lizzie, of course, but we have a little girl who is missing and we have no answers yet.”
Caleigh was last seen April 19th by Long Beach. Her mother said she was there with her daughters, she went to retrieve a ball, and when she came back Lizzie was there but Caleigh was gone.
Police have said there is no evidence of a crime, and no criminal charges in connection with Caleigh’s disappearance. The Department of Children Youth and Families will look into the welfare case.
Caleigh’s parents, Anthony Harrison and Allison Hammond, are going through a divorce. The families are sharing custody of Lizzie now.
Maureen Flatley, a child advocate and family friend, is concerned about the fact that the discussion over Lizzie’s welfare and safety are so public.
Flatley says, “Any time there is an allegation of abuse and neglect the parties and the child are entitled to privacy, so I am disturbed that there has been a public and ongoing discussion with the 51-A and the allegations around it.”
She says, “This matter has been discussed in a public way is enormously prejudicial.”