The 11-year-old boy from St Peter who was reported missing yesterday was on a mission to find his father, the boy’s mother revealed today.
Kimberly Adams told Barbados TODAY that her son Tarel Taronta Adams ran away from home for the second time in three days in a desperate search for his dad whom he has not seen since January.
The student, who is preparing to sit the Common Entrance Examination in a matter of weeks, left his Station Hill, St Peter home around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and was last seen walking along the Speightstown bypass about 7 p.m., travelling towards Road View, St Peter.
Adams, 30, said her son was planning to walk all the way to St Michael to try to find his dad, even though he did not know his father’s address.
“He was walking looking for his father [on Sunday]. But we know he live somewhere in St Michael, but we don’t know where. Tarel don’t know where to go,” said the distraught mother as tears rolled down her cheeks.
Adams and the boy’s father ended their relationship before Tarel was born and she explained that the last time the boy saw his father the child was on his way to school. She said he got off the bus and went to his dad, who promised to spend some time with the child, but never did.
Sitting in her living room this morning, and turning her teary-eyed face away from Tarel’s three siblings, Adams said the boy made his first attempt to walk to St Michael on Thursday evening but returned home after he contemplated “a life without a mother” and his little feet became tired.
She said Tarel appeared to have felt better after his dad promised to pick him up on Friday night so they could spend the weekend together.
“When he come back Thursday he say all he want to do is get to St Michael. I don’t know if he rambling, if he hungry, I don’t know. I don’t know if he will meet up the wrong body,” she said in the interview hours before she found out that her son was safe.
“I call he father telling he and he sound annoyed. I say ‘just answer me this. Why you ain’t come for the lil boy or call?’ He say ‘you think that is why he run away again?’ He ain’t really sound concerned; he does be getting on like if yuh bother he.
“He does promise them all the time to come for them. He use to call for birthdays and Christmas and he don’t call or come no more,” she said.
The 30-year-old mother told Barbados TODAY that the man’s absence from Tarel’s life has had such a profound impact on the boy that in recent times it began to manifest itself in the child’s behaviour both at school and at church.
“He tell my daughter that I [don’t] want he to watch the cartoon that he want to watch and always want he to revise; but it hard because he running bout behind somebody that don’t care about he. All he doing is putting me in trouble. I don’t know what he want from he father.
“I don’t even know what to do anymore. Suppose he come back and then go back looking for he again and again?” Adams added.
Adams said she was not always the perfect mother, but she sought to put her children’s needs first. She also promised to do all that was possible to resolve the child’s issues .
Stressing that she did not want other children to experience what her son was going through, Adams pleaded with fathers to maintain a relationship with their children, despite the status of the relationship with the mothers.
“All the time Tarel saying he want he father . . . . These fathers in Barbados ain’t paying the children no mind and at the end of the day it does be the mothers. Don’t matter how hard you try, them still want a father,” she said.
Barbados TODAY rang the boy’s father on several occasions but the calls were not answered and were not returned up to the time of publication.