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Missing teenager returns home

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- A 14-year-old girl who was reported missing Saturday has returned home, the teenager's mother said Thursday.

Takiesha Broadway, 35, said she picked up her daughter, Kayana Dixon, from the Albany Police Department early Wednesday morning after the family the teenager had been staying with drove her to the station.

Albany Police Department spokesperson Phyllis Banks confirmed Wednesday that Dixon had returned home.

Broadway said after speaking with her daughter the two decided the teenager should seek counseling.

"We talked about her getting some help and she is cooperating and is trying to get the help she needs," said the mother.

Broadway had previously stated to Herald reporters that her daughter had gone missing before. This time the mother of two posted informational flyers about her daughter's disappearance throughout Albany and Dougherty County.

"I think the lady that brought her to the police station saw one of the flyers and told my daughter to come back," said the 35-year-old.

According Broadway her daughter spent the night at her grandparents' house on the 500 block of Wells Avenue Friday and attended Saturday school the next morning at Highland Avenue, but the 14-year-old didn't return home or to her grandparents' residence.

She said Tuesday her only daughter, a seventh-grader, did not show up for school at Southside Middle School Monday or Tuesday.

Broadway said she cautions other parents to monitor their children's activity online and to be wary of Internet chat rooms, which she said she believes has led her daughter astray.

"You don't know who they are talking to and that is really dangerous for a young girl," she said. "I'm just glad my daughter is home and getting help."