Durham County

Durham officials ask help in finding 22-month-old boy

County child-protection officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a 22-month-old boy whom they are supposed to take into custody from his parents but cannot locate.

Andre Thompson may be with his parents, Andre A. Thompson and Dreama Ferguson, according to a posting by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

A court had granted the parents physical custody of the boy while the county had been assigned legal custody, the Department of Social Services said.

Another court action directed the department to take physical custody as well, Assistant Director Jovetta Whitfield said, but workers could not find the family.

Whitfield declined to discuss the reason for the change, citing confidentiality requirements.

The young Andre is black, is about 2 feet tall and weighs 28 pounds, the notice said.

The alert says Andre may be with his parents and that they were last seen Aug. 4.

Andre Thompson, 38, is wanted by the state Department of Public Safety as an absconder from a 36-month probation imposed in January when he was convicted of possession of a gun by a felon in 2013.

Thompson is black, is bald, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds, the alert says. A photo shows him with a beard.

Ferguson is 25, black, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 170 pounds and is shown wearing glasses.

Officials asked anyone who sees Andre to call 911.

Durham police asked that anyone with information about the boy or his parents call Sgt. R. Wiggins at 919-560-4582, ext. 29240 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.