Police investigating possible neglect of Caleigh's sister
ROCKPORT, Mass. (WHDH) -- A mother, whose daughter disappeared on a Rockport beach last month, is being investigated for neglect.
After weeks of searching the waters off Long Beach in Rockport for 2-year-old Caleigh Harrison, investigators have asked a state agency to look into allegations of neglect involving Caleigh’s older sister.
“I just don’t want to lose focus that we’re still trying to find Caleigh and this kind of puts that -- it seems like we’re putting Caleigh on the back burner a little bit,” said David Harrison, Caleigh’s uncle.
Caleigh’s uncle says he understands why investigators filed the report, yet he is disappointed by the move.
“None of us were pushing for something like this. We’re pushing to get some answers, but that’s it,” said David Harrison.
Caleigh went missing on April 19. Her mother brought Caleigh and her 4-year-old sister to Long Beach, but when her mother returned after getting a ball that bounced over a nearby fence Caleigh was missing.
Caleigh’s dad is in a bitter divorce with her mother. On Friday morning he denied pushing for the investigation of neglect, but police told 7News that his concerns over it forced them to file the request.
“She’s a wonderful little girl,” said David Harrison.
Caleigh’s uncle says her sister is fine and back at school.
“This is about Caleigh. It’s not about anything else. Are we concerned about Lizzie, yeah of course why wouldn’t we be -- she’s our niece too. But still we have a little girl that’s missing. We have no answers yet,” said David Harrison.
The Harrison family is passing out pink bracelets hoping to keep Caleigh in their hearts and minds. Posters are posted around Rockport, Gloucester and surrounding towns to keep the focus on Caleigh.