Father of teenager who fled with baby says she is "screaming out for help"

The father of a teenage girl who has sparked a police hunt after fleeing with her one-year-old child during a supervised visit has said his daughter is "screaming out for help".

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Stacey Ball and Lola

Officers say they are concerned for the welfare of Lola Page, aged 13 months, who was taken by her mother Stacey Ball, 18, from Walsall Wood.

The pair are pictured below on Friday, just before they went missing at around 1pm.

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Stacey, wearing a blonde wig, and Lola

Stacey, aged 18, and Lola, are believed to have got into a dark coloured car which then drove away from the scene in Stroud Avenue, Willenhall.

At the time of the disappearance, Lola was being cared for by a foster family in Walsall.

Stacey's father Ryan Price, 46, said his daughter was simply "screaming out for help" because she had been told Lola would be put up for adoption.

Speaking at his home in Walsall, Mr Price said: "We don't know where Stacey is, we haven't heard from her. We are waiting for her to call.

"The first we heard was from the police on Friday afternoon. We went out looking for her but we don't know where she is.

"She has her own flat but she has been staying with a friend for some of the time.

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"Stacey has been driven to this. It is an act of desperation.

"She had her baby taken away from her nine months ago and she has seen her three times a week since.

"But then when social services told her she was up for adoption she was desperate. She didn't think she would see her again and no one was listening to her.

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"She has been doing everything that they have asked of her and she is a good mum.

"She loves that baby, she wasn't kidnapping but just doing what any mother would do."

"She has done nothing. She is just a mother screaming out for help.

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"We are really worried about her and the baby. She is my granddaughter."

Stacey's brother Leon Ball, 22, a self-employed hairdresser, added: "She is not a bad person but she has been left with no choice.

"She couldn't face her baby being taken away."

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Markham from Force CID, said: "There haven't been any sightings of Stacey or Lola since they went missing and both police and local authority are extremely worried about their welfare.

"Lola was in the care of social services at the time of her disappearance and we urgently need Stacey to make contact with us or anyone who may know their whereabouts."

Officers say Lola was wearing a white cardigan and blue polka dot dress. Stacey was wearing a long black wig, black leggings and a black and tan patterned dress.

If you have seen them or if you know where they are, please call West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."