Red Bank Mother is Asking for Help to Find Missing Daughter

RED BANK, Tenn. (WDEF)- A local 17-year-old is missing, and her mother is asking for your help to find her.

The mother of the missing teen says she noticed signs of abuse months ago, and she says she has every reason to believe her daughter’s 17-year-old boyfriend is behind it all.

“I need help finding my daughter. She’s 17-years-old, very beautiful, very loving and kind. I just, I want her home. I miss my baby so much,” says distraught mother Misty Lovelady when talking about her teenage daughter Alexis who went missing late Thursday night.

“I talked to her about 8:30 and about 9, 9:30 she took off,or left, I don’t know. I just know she was gone,” says Lovelady.

Lovelady believes her daughter snuck out, while she was at work. She says when she came home, the teen’s clothes and shoes were gone, but her school supplies were left behind and when she still couldn’t reach Alexis the next day, Misty started to panic.

“Has she ever disappeared and never talked to you?” asked News 12.

“Never. Never like this. I have not heard one word, I don’t know if she’s hurt or being hurt or if the boyfriend’s abusing her because we’ve known of him being very abusive, mentally and physically,” stated Lovelady.

She went on to say Alexis started dating her boyfriend in December of last year and six months later she herself filed an order of protection against him, after finding bruises on her daughter’s body.

“And I took some pictures of some of them, because she kept saying, they were just rough housing, and they were playing but you could tell the way the pictures were, those were not bruises like that,” says Mist Lovelady.

According to dating abuse statistics, every year nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from an intimate partner. That’s nearly one in every three teens. Misty says she has good reason to believe Alexis ran away with her boyfriend, because the 17-year-old called her Aunt early Tuesday morning asking for help.

“But when my sister was on the phone with her he was cussing her in the background, hollering, ‘I told you not to call any family. I told you to leave them all alone. I told you not to ask for no effin’ money.’ He was very verbally abusive with her, and I know it’s gotten worse.

Alexis never had the chance to tell her aunt where she was, or if she was safe, and Misty says she has every reason to believe she isn’t.

“I want to see my daughter, and hug my daughter. Most of all I want to put my daughter in my arms. I think he needs to be punished for putting us through this and talking to her into that, and she deserves some punishment on her own for doing it.”

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Alexis please contact the Red Bank Police Department at 423-877-2481, and for more information on the signs and effects of teen dating violence click here.

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