Michigan State Police have issued an Endangered Missing Advisory for 3-year-old Za’Niyah Alexandria Jones after they say her father failed to surrender her to Child Protective Services.
Authorities say that Za'Niyah was with her father who was told by the court system that he had to relinquish custody. After being repeatedly told to give up custody and to bring Za'Niyah into the CPS office, the two disappeared into thin air.
Police say they don't know what area he is in or what he is driving.
"While Za’Niyah lived in Detroit, we are not sure where the father may have gone," said Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw. "As people are out and about this weekend, please keep an eye out for them and call police if you see them."
Za'Niyah is 3 feet tall and weighs 40 pounds. Her biological father, Wardell Tyrece Jones, is a 54-year-old male, 5’10" and 160 pounds, police said.
Not much is known about why Jones was told to surrender Za'Niyah but the fact that there is an "Endangered" missing advisory lets the public know that there are certain things that need to be in play before this type of advisory is issued.
According to the CHP, in order for an Endangered Missing Advisory to be activated, the following criteria must be met:
1. The person is missing under unexplained or suspicious circumstances. 2. The person is believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, or the environment; is in the company of a potentially dangerous person; or any other factor that may put the person in serious peril. 3. There is information available that, if disseminated to the public, could assist in a safe recovery.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Metro South Post at 734-287-5000, Trooper McAvoy at 989-390.-7359, or Crime Stoppers at 800-SPEAK-UP