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Durham police searching for 2-year-old boy

Posted August 4, 2013 8:30 p.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2013 11:42 p.m. EDT

— Police are asking for the public's help to find a 2-year-old boy last seen at a bus terminal in downtown Durham Saturday afternoon.

Zy'ion D’youate McCallum, who weighs about 26 pounds, was wearing a black T-shirt, yellow shorts and brown sandals and was last seen with a woman whose name might be either Jazmine Johnson or Jazmine Jackson.

Investigators believe she might be around 23 years old, but they provided no other identifying information about her.

"We are concerned about the child’s welfare, because we are not sure who has him or where he may be at this time," investigators said in a news release Sunday evening. "We want to make certain he is safe."

Zy'ion's mother, Latara Robinson, said the boy was with his 15-year-old aunt on Saturday and that the two were supposed to be going to a park.

Instead, according to Robinson, the aunt said she took the boy to a terminal of the Durham Area Transit Authority in downtown and, for some reason, left him with someone named Jazmine.

"I am not sure who this girl is," Robinson said.

"I just have a lot going through my mind right now. I really don't know what to say. I just want to see my son," Robinson added. "I just need help finding my son, and I want him safe home with me."

Investigators are interviewing witnesses, including the 15-year-old aunt, Robinson said.

Police said Sunday night that the case does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, although it's unclear why. Calls to the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons, the only state agency that can activate the alert, were not immediately returned.

They received the missing persons report around noon on Sunday. Also unclear is why police weren't notified sooner, but Robinson said she and her mother had been out looking for Zy'ion.

Anyone with information that could help authorities should call 911.

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