HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – Hollywood and Seminole Indian police scoured a neighborhood Thursday afternoon and evening looking for a missing 3-year-old child.READ MORE: Broward Teachers Concerned As COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Increase
Officers used a bloodhound as they went door to door, while a Broward Sheriff’s Office helicopter flew over the area looking for any signs of Ahziya Osceola.
CBS4 cameras captured crime scene investigators leaving the home where Ahziya vanished with several sealed bags throughout the evening.
In the meantime, his mother Karen Cypress, in tears, pleaded for the public’s help on Thursday afternoon.
“I’m here to find my son that was reported missing from his father’s house. If anybody has any information on him, please, please call the police department so I can have my baby back,” said Cypress. “He’s very friendly and all I want is my baby back. That’s all I want.”
A police flyer said the boy is nearly 3-feet tall, weighs 40 to 45 pounds and has dark brown hair and lived at 5420 Johnson St.
Cypress said she hasn’t seen her said for months and she hopes to be reunited with him.
“He’s my heart,” she said. “He’s my life. I don’t know what I would do. I just want him home.”READ MORE: Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases Continue To Spike
The child’s grandfather Kenneth Tommie told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that he is desperate to find his grandson.
“I have never been through something like this before,” said Tommie. “I pray and hope for the best. He is a happy kid. He is only 3 years old. He has never walked off before.”
Tommie said the child lived with his father and his step-mother and said the child’s mother lived nearby.
“He was home with his step-mother and father. The mother and father had separated but he has been taken care of,” Tommie added.
Police said that so far they had no reason to believe that anything suspicious had happened regarding the missing child. They also said that family members had taken part in the search.
“We are really not sure he got out of the home,” said Hollywood Police spokesman Jaime Hernandez. “Our focus is on finding the child. We are really trying to enlist the public’s help.”
Hernandez said anyone who has seen the child – last seen wearing a Florida State University sweatshirt and burgundy sweatpants – should call Hollywood Police at (954) 764-4357.
“I want anyone who sees him to call police and help us,” said Tommie. “We want him back. We just love him. I worry about his safety and that he is alive.”MORE NEWS: Florida Hospitals Continue Seeing Surge In COVID-19 Patients
The state has activated a missing child alert.