Mother reports 9-year-old missing, police say he was arrested

A Detroit mother calls police, panicked when her 9-year-old son doesn't return home. 

It turns out he wasn't exactly missing, he was actually under arrest accused of committing a home invasion. 

Stephanie Horton was in a state of panic Wednesday night when her 9 -year-old son Kamian Strawder was missing. The third-grader had been expelled from Palmer Park Prep earlier in the week and he had nowhere to be but at their Detroit home on Appoline.

Horton left for work around 9 a.m. Wednesday and says Kemian left to play with his friends. He still wasn't home, she reported him missing to police.

One day later police called her Thursday to say her son wasn't missing, he'd been arrested.  Late Thursday afternoon Stephanie learned the prosecutor had dropped the case.

"About two hours ago is when I got the call," Horton said. "They said they have him in the detention center had him since 1 p.m. yesterday."

When Horton went to pick up her son at the Juvenile Detention Center Thursday afternoon, she learned Kemian was arrested Wednesday. Police took him into custody while he was walking down Littlefield, he and a teenager he was with, were accused of breaking and entering a house down the street.

"I said how could I not be notified until 24 hours later," Horton said. "No explanation, no information, no anything."

Detroit police claim Kemian didn't have his mother's number so they couldn't contact her. Instead they went to her home, but no one was there.

"I'm still in shock relieved upset I'm going through a bunch of emotions," she said. 

She is still concerned about her son, who has been in trouble before and the company he is keeping.

"There are some older guys who come and take him and he does what they tell him to do," Horton said. "We have been having a problem with that, coinciding with an officer trying to keep them away from here, but to no avail."

Horton, who works full time, is trying to get a handle on her son now, before it's too late.

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