Toddler abducted by uncle


by By OWEN LEI / KING 5 News and

Posted on September 25, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 29 at 11:54 AM

Video: Toddler abducted by uncle in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma police are searching for a toddler who has been abducted by his uncle.

A police spokesperson says Azeal M. Degruy was kidnapped around 4:30 p.m. when his uncle, Omari Lateef Degruy, took him from a fourplex at 815 East 64th Street.

Ashani Degruy says Omari took his son, possibly after a short argument.

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"I was getting out of the shower. He poked his head in, said a few words, next thing I know, I go out and I can't find my son. I'm running around the neighborhood in my towel looking for him and the neighbor says she saw him drive away," said Ashani.

Omari had been smoking Sherm or PCP all day, say police.

Azeal will turn 2-years-old on October 8. He is black and was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and blue shoes.

Omari Degruy, 24, is black, 6-feet tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a worn brown leather jacket and gray shorts. He has a valid Oregon ID that lists his home as Portland, but police say he also has ties to Seattle.

"He has severe mental health issues, a criminal background and also there's concern about drug use," said Gretchen Aguirre, Tacoma Police Department.

"I don't know why he would do this to me, I'm the only one in the family that really helps him, supports him.?There's no real motive to do something like this to me. I'm totally confused," said Ashani.

The two are believed to be in a gray 4-door Oldsmobile, but no license plate number was immediately available. They were last seen driving away from the area of 1300 East 62nd street.

Tacoma police say, without a license number, they cannot elevate this to an AMBER Alert.

Omari's mother, Yamile DeGruy, lives in Portland and is making a plea to her son.

"Get some help. Give my grandson back. Get some help or you will be put away forever because God will find you and he will put you away. I love you and I don't want you put away for life," said Yamile.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 and or (253) 830-6562. Refer to Tacoma Police Department case number 092681004