October 19, 2017
Ex-spouses Mark and Melissa claim their 17-year-old daughter, Malia, is a chronic runaway who started leaving home four years ago.
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“It started out we wouldn’t hear from her for a couple of days and then the times got longer and longer and longer,” says Melissa.
“Every time that she was brought back, she immediately picked up and ran again,” says Mark. “We have dropped everything to go get Malia, whether it’s been in an abandoned car, whether it’s been two states away.”
“I’ve been under bridges searching for my daughter,” says Melissa.
She says in the beginning, Malia’s habitual running “broke” her. “But as time goes on, and it’s a repeated behavior I could no longer be so emotionally invested because I had two other children that I need to be a really good mom to.”