Fundraiser for missing 5-year-old

August 21, 2009 7:17:30 PM PDT
Oakland police continue to ask for the public's help in finding a 5-year old disabled boy who was reported missing nearly two weeks ago.

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It has been 11 days since Hasanni vanished. The balloons at an impromptu memorial are starting to deflate.

"We want to focus on Hasanni," his foster father Louis Ross said.

Ross and his girlfriend Jennifer Campbell tell ABC7 the only thing they want is to have the 5-year-old back home.

Campbell, who is Hasanni's aunt, says it was Ross who insisted on raising Hasanni and his 1-year-old sister.

Authorities say the children's biological mother has drug and health problems.

"Louis's parents died when he was younger, his aunt and uncle stepped in and raised him, he felt I should do the same thing," Campbell said.

"I was upset with her, how could you let them sit there, you, yourself had mentors, you, yourself had your grandmother, how would you feel if you were in foster care," Ross said.

Ross says he left Hasanni standing by the car alone for a few minutes in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood while he went around the corner into the shoe store where Campbell works. It was there Ross told police he last saw the boy.

Ross reported Hasanni missing around 4:15 p.m., usually a busy time of day in the area.

"People are shopping and they want to get their dinner ready, a lot of people are getting things done before they go home," one Rockridge resident said.

The man, who did not want to be identified, lives in an apartment near the driveway. He says that particular day; part of the street was void of parked cars.

"It was street sweep day, so half the street was shut down for no parking," he said.

If the child was kidnapped, his abductor could have done it without witnesses.

But the neighbor also says because of the limited parking, people were driving around looking for spaces.

"It was much busier than normal," he said.

There is a $10,000 reward for information that will bring Hasanni Campbell home. There will also be a fundraiser Saturday to raise money for the reward fund.

Find Hasanni Campbell Reward Fundraiser
12-3 p.m.
Tone's Auto Detail
411 West MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland

People with information on the case are asked to call the Oakland Police Department (510) 777-8572 or Crime Stoppers (510) 777-3211.

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