Cops: Detroit girl and her mentally ill mom missing

Zoie Jackson, 5, was reported missing on Tuesday after her mother - who does not have custody of the child - picked her up from school on Monday in Detroit, Mich.
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DETROIT, Mich. – The Detroit Police Department is looking for a missing little girl after she was picked up from school Monday by her mentally ill mother, reports CBS Detroit.


Carmela Jackson
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 According to police, five-year-old Zoie Jackson was picked up from school by her mother, Carmela Jackson, who does not have custody of the little girl. Zoie's dad is an officer with the Detroit Police Department.

Police told the Detroit Free Press that Carmela Jackson has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and postpartum depression.

Mother and child are believed to be headed out of state – possibly towards Elkhart, Ind., says Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody.

Zoie is black, four feet tall and was last seen wearing a red shirt, black pants and black boots. She was also carrying a black and pink backpack.

As of Tuesday night, an Amber Alert had not been issued.

"It wasn't until [Tuesday] that the father started making some phone calls and got the ball rolling, that's when we realized we have a major issue on our hands," Woody told the Free Press.

The mother is said to be driving a black, 2002 Lexus cross over vehicle with license plate #CMR0252.

Those with information regard the whereabouts of Zoie Jackson are urged to call Detroit police at (313) 237-2579.