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Child last seen in North Oakland still missing

on August 10, 2009

Oakland Police are holding a press conference at 4 p.m. today about a missing five-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who disappeared yesterday afternoon in North Oakland.

Hassani Campbell of Fremont was last seen around 4 p.m. in a car parked near Shuz of Rockridge, 6012 College Avenue, said Sgt. Richard Vierra of the Oakland Police.

Missing 5-year-old Hasani Cambell, From Oakland Police

Missing 5-year-old Hasani Cambell, From Oakland Police

Hassani’s foster father parked near the store where his fiance, the boy’s biological aunt (and foster mother) works, authorities said.

He stepped inside for a moment and when he returned, the boy was gone.

Police closed down a two-block area near College and Claremont yesterday evening to search for the missing child.  A helicopter and six search-and-rescue dogs were used, but no trace of the boy was found.

This morning, police continued to comb the area and handed out fliers with pictures of Hassani to local shopkeepers, said Sandra Biasotti of Berkeley Kid’s Room, a furniture store on College Ave.

A spokeswoman for the F.B.I confirmed that as of Tuesday, they have joined the search as well.

Hasani is three feet tall, weighs 40 lbs and is African American; he has short black hair and brown eyes and was wearing a gray sweatshirt and sweatpants.  He was wearing braces on his legs.

Anyone with knowledge of the incident should call the Oakland Police Special Victims Section: 510 238 3641.


  1. wsokol on August 10, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Great piece of work….have been searching web for info on this neighborhood story and you have more facts than any one else, including KGO and Oak Trib….keep up the good work…

  2. paul on August 10, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    any volunteer info?

  3. Lisa on August 11, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Why has there been no Amber Alert issued for this child?

  4. Les on August 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

    People are always criticizing the police for not issuing amber alerts in these cases. There must be a vehicle description and/or license plate in order to issue an amber alert. Instead of questioning the work of the police, question why no citizen ever comes forward as a witness to provide them with information!

  5. Lisa on August 11, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Excuse me, I will not stop questioning because you think I should focus elsewhere. Last night, this story was very difficult to find in the news services without searching. Local TV stations didn’t have a picture until the final newscasts and the few online news sources did not have any picture and few details. It was just hard to find out any information.

    An Amber Alert would have immediately used the radio and TV stations to at least get out the description of the child. It is true they did not know who might have taken him, or a vehicle but after that many hours of searching it could have added more eyes from the community.

    I think we have the technology in place that possibly could have helped last night.

    If there were witnesses I hope they talked to police as well. You don’t get to turn my question into something else.

  6. Isis on August 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Something fishy about the story given to the police. Children that are unable to walk do not just disappear in five minutes.

  7. rbarn on August 15, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    this is an outrageous story, why would anyone leave a disabled child standing outside of a car and walk away, why did he not just take him with him to ask the finace’ to open the back door, where was his cell phone he could have called her to do that. something is terribly wrong with this story first he was in he car now he was sanding outside the car. he shold be charged with neglect we are tired of having to tell people NOT TO LEAVE CHILDREN UN ATTENDED FOR ANY REASON OR AT ANYTIME!!!

  8. rbarn on August 15, 2009 at 5:57 pm


  9. munchkin on September 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    At this point can they contact Sylivia Brown or someone to help locate his body. Police know he is gone ,they just dont know were. Poor baby lived a hard life I think they should torcher his foster parents or whom ever did this to that baby, he still was a baby.

  10. Baffled on October 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Why has the search for Hasani Campbell stopped completely? Is anyone still trying to find out what happened to this innocent child?

  11. […] a Fremont boy with cerebral palsy who would have turned six in September, disappeared from a car parked near Shuz of Rockridge at 6012 College Avenue around 4 p.m. August 10, 2009, […]

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