Essex Police are searching for a woman who has gone missing with her son after he was due to be handed in to social services.
Michelle Kelly and son Jaden from Basildon were reported missing on Friday 16th August and police are 'concerned for their welfare'.
Jaden is the subject of a care order with parental responsibility having been given to Essex Social Services.
After an unsuccessful appeal, Jaden should have been in the care of Essex social care on Friday.
When social services attended the address, the mum and son were not there.
Officers are concerned for their welfare and are continuing to look for them.
There has been information to suggest they may have gone to Scotland.
Michelle is 28-years-old, 5ft 4ins of heavy build and blonde hair, which may have been dyed a plum colour.
Jaden is of mixed heritage with curly dark brown hair.
Supt Nick Morris said: “I would ask anyone who sees a mother and young child matching these descriptions who they have not seen in their area before to contact us. We are concerned for the welfare of both mother and child and need to find them as soon as possible.”
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