Ramona McEwan thought her neighbor was trying to kill her. That’s why authorities were desperate to find Ramona and her 4-year-old daughter.
As KOMO News reports, on Tuesday afternoon, the 43-year-old mom from Edmonds, Washington, picked up her daughter, Bryn Paisley McEwan, from La Petite Academy daycare in Lynnwood.
Then, both mother and daughter disappeared.
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Authorities had trouble tracking Ramona, who removed the SIM card from her cell phone. Sgt. Shane Hawley of the Edmonds police told KOMO:
“[W]e’re chasing down whatever leads we can find, such previous addresses, family, and so on. We’re just concerned enough that we want to make sure that mom’s OK and make sure that if she needs help we get it for her.”
That concern comes from the fact that Ramona has reportedly been suffering from paranoid delusions. According to the News Tribune, Ramona removed the SIM card because she believed a former neighbor was trying to hypnotize or kill her and her children though their electronic devices.
It was Bryn’s father who reported their disappearance, telling police he was worried about his daughter’s safety. Hawley told KOMO:
“It sounds like mom just picked her up at daycare and dad was unaware of that. We haven’t heard from them since; we’re checking on some leads.”
“There was a concern that mom might be in some kind of mental crisis.”
Authorities issued an AMBER Alert for Bryn and Ramona, spurred by worries over Ramona’s mental state.
Fortunately, at about 10:30 the next morning, authorities found both mother and daughter safe at Ramona’s home in Lynnwood.
According to KIRO 7 News, Edmonds police did not believe that Bryn was in danger from her mother. Ramona has full custodial access to Bryn and no crime was committed when Ramona disappeared with her daughter. Police say that there will be no charges filed against Ramona.
However, Ramona’s paranoid delusions have been getting worse, and authorities are evaluating the custody issues in leaving Bryn in her mother’s care. According to KIRO, police are looking to restore Bryn to her father’s custody.
In the meantime, authorities are also working to get Ramona the help she needs. In a Facebook post canceling the AMBER Alert, Edmonds police wrote:
“[Bryn] is fine and we are working with everyone to figure out what support is needed.”