FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The recent disappearance of a 5-year-old boy with cerebral palsy in Oakland, Calif., has been a "nightmare" for his family, his foster father says.
Louis Welton Ross of Fremont, Calif., said he and his fiancee, Jennifer Campbell, are seeking the safe return of young Hasanni Campbell, who vanished from Ross's car this week, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.
"This has been a nightmare beyond belief," Ross said of the boy's disappearance on Monday.
Ross insisted he and his fiancee, who is the boy's aunt, have cooperated fully with investigators even after being tabbed as potential suspects in the child's disappearance.
"All of a sudden, it was like we were thrown against the wall," Ross said of investigators' initial suspicions in the missing person case. "We had to prove we were not responsible, but our son is out there missing."
Ross, 38, told the Chronicle he fears the younger Campbell was kidnapped. Based on that suspicion, Ross offered a plea to the child's possible abductors.
"If I could talk to anyone who may have taken him, I would say, 'Drop him off and go -- but don't hurt him. You have done enough,'" he said.