Father unsure if boy on subway train is his missing autistic son

Avonte Oquendo

New York City police are investigating whether a sighting of a young boy riding a NY subway train is a missing autistic teen.

A teenager riding an E or F train on Tuesday told police he believed he saw 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, who went missing one month ago from his school in Queens, NY.

The teen said he approached the boy and asked him, “Hey, are you Avonte?” But the boy did not respond. The unidentified teen had the presence of mind to snap a photo of the boy before he got off the train.

When shown the photo of the boy on the train, Avonte’s father said he wasn’t sure if the boy was Avonte, who is unable to speak.

“Yes, it’s a close likeness,” Daniel Oquendo told the Daily News. “We need to get a better look to really tell. If we could find the individual who took the picture, that would help big time.”

There have been other sightings of Avonte in the days since he walked out of his school on Oct. 4 and vanished.

“We just need to stay focused and analyze every sighting,” Oquendo said. “The more sightings, the better. Eventually one will pan out … We’re still hopeful.”

According to Fox News, Avonte was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers.

The boy in the photo is seen wearing a beige jacket and green khaki pants.

The search for Avonte has included the use of a recording of his mother’s voice projected on a loud speaker from a van that cruises the neighborhood where he went missing.

“Hi Avonte, it’s mom. Come to the flashing lights, Avonte,” the boy’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, says in the recording. “It’s mom, Avonte. Hi Avonte, come to the flashing lights. It’s mom.”

Anyone with information regarding Avonte’s whereabouts is asked to call (800) 577-8477.



 


124 Responses to “Father unsure if boy on subway train is his missing autistic son”

  1. 1
    mzwhang90210 says:

    Kinda looks like him :thinking:

  2. 2
    missmiami says:

    heart aches for this family

  3. 3
    OutsidetheBox says:

    The hairline is a go. The ears seem to go. The nose. I think its him.

    Can someone tell me how he was able to walk out of the school?

  4. 4
    Anna says:

    It does look like him, and he does look austic. jk

  5. 5
    Ty says:

    I have this child posted on my FB. It does look like him :yes: why didn’t they notify the police when he didn’t respond :smack:

  6. 6

    Are those the clothes he was wearing?

  7. 7
    Brownskin Cutie (Carrington's E-boo) says:

    This is sad :(

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    The Pearl! says:

    :waves: Good morning, Everybody!

    And :happybirthday: Lil-Baby-Taken!

  10. 10
    OutsidetheBox says:

    He def has that Autistic face in the first pic. Bless his heart. :heart:
    Are NYers so busy that nobody sees an odd little boy riding around and around. :shrug:

    But you know I had to go off on two yts in walmart just the other day. They did a code Adam and I couldnt hear the description for them mocking the ..description. :blink:

    Me: I know you dont care because he is Black but I do *narrows eyes, pushes buggy closer* Now shut the fukk up so I can hear.

    Them: :kona:

  11. 11
    mzwhang90210 says:

    :dead: @ Man’s gravi lookin like a “Before” and “After” pic.

  12. 12
    The Pearl! says:

    :happybirthday: What? the thing doesn’t like caps? :facepalm:

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    GellySammich says:

    :( I understand how WE might not be able to tell but his dad?! That baffles me.

  15. 15
    The Master Beta :D says:

    I :pray: they find this boy because I know how hard it is dealing with someone who is Autistic my brother in law is and we don’t let him out of our sight

  16. 16
    proudgh says:

    NY Daily news is reporting the boy in the picture has been identified and is not Avonte.

  17. 17
    OutsidetheBox says:

    I dont think thats him.
    :think:
    ___________

    So those “boys” dont look alike..but your gravi “men” do? :blink:

  18. 18
    The Pearl! says:

    Me: I know you dont care because he is Black but I do *narrows eyes, pushes buggy closer* Now shut the fukk up so I can hear.

    Them: :kona:

    **********
    I’m fighting off a case of the sads cuz this racism shyt is so real — YTs hate President Obama with every fiber of their being

  19. 19
    OutsidetheBox says:

    Hey Chan :wave:

    Hey Sammmiicccchhhhh :hump: :nomnomnom:

  20. 20
    OutsidetheBox says:

    he thing doesn’t like caps?
    ____________

    No. it wont work. :lol:

  21. 21
    Sandra Rose says:

    I showed the photos to a few people this morning. They all said it was him and they wondered how a father couldn’t recognize his own son in a clear photo? :shrug:

  22. 22
    OutsidetheBox says:

    NY Daily news is reporting the boy in the picture has been identified and is not Avonte.
    _________________

    Dang. That sucks. Are you a NYer?

  23. 23
    Miany says:

    It looks like him from the side… :(
    :pray: they can find him safely.
    I think the lack of response was a good indication that it COULD be him…
    We typically use ears to identify folk when everything else is ok.

  24. 24
    Sandra Rose says:

    There’s something fishy about this story. :no:

  25. 25
    OutsidetheBox says:

    Sandra read #16.

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    Hi Avonte, it’s mom. Come to the flashing lights, Avonte,” the boy’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, says in the recording. “It’s mom, Avonte. Hi Avonte, come to the flashing lights. It’s mom.”<—-awww that's sad :wail:
    _________________
    Did ya'll see, I think, 20/20 where they had this new program that was supposed to help autistic children speak? One of the "instructors" was on there and she was claiming the austistic daughter had said that her father was molesting her.
    ___________
    Annnddd, Happy Halloween all :party: today is my Friday…

  27. 27
    jealousCNenvy says:

    If the father cant recognize his son, no one can. Everyone has a twin in the world….this could just be a look a like. But i pray and stay hopeful for this family and this young boy.

  28. 28
    mzwhang90210 says:

    The Pearl! says:
    YTs hate President Obama with every fiber of their being
    _______________________________
    Yup :yes:
    I’z gettin mighty tired of them just callin him “Obama”.

    You wanna put a “President” in front of that??! Craka azz crackas :karate:

  29. 29
    The Master Beta :D says:

    Is his father in his life like that to not be sure if that’s his son or not

  30. 30
    Sandra Rose says:

    The Pearl! says:
    :happybirthday: What? the thing doesn’t like caps? :facepalm:
    __________________

    I fixed it for you in the other comment, hun. :lol:

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    Miany says:

    :applause: otb…you put em in their place

  33. 33
    OutsidetheBox says:

    Man’s gravi lookin like a “Before” and “After” pic
    _______________

    :rofl:

  34. 34
    Sandra Rose says:

    GellySammich says:
    :( I understand how WE might not be able to tell but his dad?! That baffles me.
    _________________

    I don’t have kids, but I’m told it’s impossible for a father not to recognize his own son in a clear photo.

  35. 35
    OutsidetheBox says:

    Hey BCG. Happy Early Wknd! :wave:

  36. 36
    GellySammich says:

    My OTBesosweeeet :tittays: Woman did you read my rant from this weekend?

  37. 37
    Sandra Rose says:

    proudgh says:

    NY Daily news is reporting the boy in the picture has been identified and is not Avonte.
    __________________

    Thanks hun. Another wasted post. :coffee:

  38. 38
    proudgh says:

    @Outsidethebox, I am not a NYorker, I just happened to see the alert before reading this. I pray he is found safe and well.

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    Hey Chan :waves:
    ______________
    I don’t get how he can just leave the school as well. I’m assuming he goes to a special school where they would moniter that type of situation..
    ___________
    One of the reasons why I am afraid to have a child later in life, higher risk of BD’s… :ashamed:
    ___________
    I watched Chucky, that was some bullshat :tea:

  41. 41
    Sandra Rose says:

    The father should still know if that wasn’t his son. Something fishy… :coffee:

  42. 42
    MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

    That aint D. Wade!
    He’s fixed. He joked about it a few years ago.
    Im tellin yall it ls Rose!!!
    by Man, I just don’t care™ on Oct 31, 2013 at 11:43 am
    ———-/
    Well tell gabby that. She still said she might have kids with him later :tea:

  43. 43
    missmiami says:

    I hope they find him

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    Hey MIA! :hug: I saw the little boy earlier with his mom too. She to blame cause when I saw them intitially, he was on one aisle looking at Halloween and she was like an aisle and a half over. :huh: I hear him calling, “Ma..? Ma..? ” And she FINALLY says “huh..?”

    And he was super short..but I could tell he was “older”. Lo and behold about thirty minutes later I hear the code adam. :facepalm: My peepah.

  45. 45
    Bootcampgirl says:

    Hey Out of the box :kona:

  46. 46
    The Pearl! says:

    GellySammich says:

    I understand how WE might not be able to tell but his dad?! That baffles me.
    ******
    Me, too, Gelly

  47. 47
    GellySammich says:

    Sandra I would like to think I would be able to recognize my son’s profile, even the black and white one they make in kindergarten :) . I know I could pick out his mouth and eyes… probably his hands… just seems strange to me. :shrug: Maybe his distress is clouding his thinking.

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    The Master Beta :D says:

    There was a story similar to this one on TV Ones Find our missing where the boy was Autistic and vanished and he was found later in a park far away and the lady who found him gave him water called the police and didn’t leave him until they showed up so I hope someone will do the same for him

  49. 49
    OutsidetheBox says:

    Woman did you read my rant from this weekend?
    ______________
    :hahaha: :hug: I did..I’m sorry I shouldve responded but I thought it was one of those just let me say this real quick rants. :lol:

    So can you go out and get me 7 cases of ginger ale, 2 loaves of bread..and pick up my dry cleaning by noon? :waiting:

  50. 50
    GellySammich says:

    Buuut I guess since it’s NOT the boy, the dad just didn’t want to say no. Holding on to hope type thing. That’s understandable.

  51. 51

    @ Boot!

    What’s good babe

  52. 52
    The Pearl! says:

    mzwhang90210 says:

    The Pearl! says:
    YTs hate President Obama with every fiber of their being
    _______________________________
    Yup
    I’z gettin mighty tired of them just callin him “Obama”.

    You wanna put a “President” in front of that??! Craka azz crackas
    ****
    I should have added: so ALL black people are catching pure hell! Post-racial America my black ASS!

  53. 53
    Miany says:

    Smh…otb ain’t no codes when I’m with em . Before we go in the stores I be like :stop: yo azz best stay in my wingspan :nun: throughout this whole entire shopping trip.

  54. 54
    Bootcampgirl says:

    Holding on to hope type thing.
    _____________
    That is sad and they just leave everything as they left it, hoping against hope sometimes…

  55. 55
    The Pearl! says:

    Sandra Rose says:

    The Pearl! says:
    What? the thing doesn’t like caps?
    __________________

    I fixed it for you in the other comment, hun.

    ___________
    :hahaha: Thank you, Auntie!

  56. 56
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    This story gives me the sads :wail:

    Heyyyyy Auntie & Roses :hugs:

    Happy Halloween :scared:

  57. 57
    MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

    Got my burrito… Headed to the potluck :rofl;

  58. 58
    OutsidetheBox says:

    Hey Out of the box :kona:
    _____________

    :crying1: :rofl: BCG do you know a lurker rose txtd me and said I was being petty and cliquish (jokes) . I was like come on that was a clear on purpose effort. :lol: Tickled me long into the night. :lol:

  59. 59
    missmiami says:

    :offtopic: I am so over everyone dressing up as Miley, KK and etc.

  60. 60

    That does look a lot like him :thinking: How could the father not tell though :blink: I think that’s a pretty good side shot

  61. 61

    @OTB
    “NY Daily news is reporting the boy in the picture has been identified and is not Avonte.”
    _________________

    Told you that wasnt him.
    :coffee:

  62. 62
    Bootcampgirl says:

    @Chan-I can’t call it waitin’ for 4 to roll around because then, it’s time to turn all the way up :koolaid3: <—peach amsterdam
    You ready for the move?

  63. 63
    The Master Beta :D says:

    Hey Bomb :hi: how are you and double trouble :lol: hate I missed their pic

  64. 64
    GellySammich says:

    OutsidetheBox says:
    :hahaha: :hug: I did..I’m sorry I shouldve responded but I thought it was one of those just let me say this real quick rants. :lol:

    So can you go out and get me 7 cases of ginger ale, 2 loaves of bread..and pick up my dry cleaning by noon? :waiting:
    __________________
    It was :lol: just didn’t know if you saw it. And don’t start with me woman! Folks are lucky if I get up off the couch today. I had a rough experience yesterday and I still feel violated.

    :cuss: Who invented the pap anyway? C’mon sucka. Show yourself :karate:

  65. 65

    Hey Bomb :waves: how are the babies

  66. 66
    OutsidetheBox says:

    Buuut I guess since it’s NOT the boy, the dad just didn’t want to say no. Holding on to hope type thing. That’s understandable.
    _____________

    :yes:

    I would see a better case for hope here then that little Blonde gypsy girl “Baby Lisa” parents tried to claim. :eyeroll:

  67. 67

    Hey Out of the box
    _____________

    BCG do you know a lurker rose txtd me and said I was being petty and cliquish (jokes) .
    _______
    Yup.
    And you know Sandra dont like cliques. :nono:
    :coffee:

  68. 68
    GellySammich says:

    Miany… you don’t ever want me to leave them things alone huh *honk honk*

  69. 69
    OutsidetheBox says:

    Man, I just don’t care™ says:

    @OTB
    “NY Daily news is reporting the boy in the picture has been identified and is not Avonte.”
    _________________
    Told you that wasnt him.
    :coffee:
    _____________

    You also say that Kim is a lady and she didnt fukk every guy she has been linked to. :shrug: You said you look like Boris. And that your heaux and wife are happy to go to Applebee’s. I cant be believing you folk. :tea:

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    missmiami says:

    Uggggggghhhhhhh KK wearing white lace with black undergarments #tacky

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    I was like come on that was a clear on purpose effort.<— :yes: even Stevie Wonder could see that :cloud:
    _________________

    Hey Jeeennnaaayy :danban1:
    _____________
    @Miss-Uhh, you lookin' good in that gravi :blink:

  72. 72
    OutsidetheBox says:

    Who invented the pap anyway? C’mon sucka. Show yourself :karate:
    _______________

    :rofl: The pap can be okay…the forceps tho..the clamps? Or whatever they are called..can we not get a better design? :rofl:

  73. 73
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Beta, Jenie :waves:

    My little munchkins are doing well! Posting from my tablet but I’ll put a pic of dem babies up for real gravi Friday…. do we still do that or nah? :thinking:

  74. 74
    Bootcampgirl says:

    Hey Bomb and Babies :waves:

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    missmiami says:

    Thx! I can’t get it cropped right. I give up :danban:

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    Yup.
    And you know Sandra dont like cliques. :nono:
    :coffee:
    ______________

    I’m my own O. :tea: As evidenced by The Mrs. taking the time out to give me a special name. :tea:

  77. 77
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Boot :waves:

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    GellySammich says:

    Nah@ Bomb. But P&P can come around whenever they like :heart:

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    The Pearl! says:

    Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS on your closing, Jenie!!! :woot:

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    Hey Bomb. :kiss: Dem babies.

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    ACCOMACK CO., Va. – One of two people accused in the case of the Accomack County fires, has pleaded guilty. On Thursday morning, in an Accomack County courtroom, Charles Smith pleaded guilty to 68 counts of arson.

    Smith was accused of setting a majority of the 77 fires in a nearly four-month long string of arsons in Accomack County.

    He now faces 584 years behind bars. No date has been set for his sentencing.
    __________________
    If I was facing 584 years behind bars, just give me the needle…

  82. 82

    @ 2 Cribsssssssssss!!!

    @ Boot, I am so ready, I leave tomorrow

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    Anna says:

    Sandra Rose says:

    The father should still know if that wasn’t his son. Something fishy…

    ~~~~~~~~
    Something is fishy, like they don’t want him back, but did the right thing and reported him missing. :shrugs:

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    FuturedocDonte says:

    Somebody is taking care of this boy! He got on clean clothes and a fresh haircut… Something aint added up :nono:

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    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Gelly, OTB, CHAN :waves:

    Beta pic should be up assoon as Gravatar slow azz site updates my gravi:D

  87. 87
    OutsidetheBox says:

    DEM DAMN BABIES :love:

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    Just Looking says:

    GellySammich

    :( I understand how WE might not be able to tell but his dad?! That baffles me.
    _____________
    Good Day :nun:

    It look like lil man to me.

    What is baffling if it is him, how he look so sharp! Maybe lil man is like I’m out.

    :shrug:

  89. 89

    awww look at the babies :hug:

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on your closing
    ________________

    :bounce: Aww chit @Jenie. This the one you talked about last month? Yassss. :woot:

  91. 91
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    My munchkins :love:

  92. 92
    Bootcampgirl says:

    awwww the babies :heart:

  93. 93
    Just Looking says:

    Dem Babies Got you Tire?

    How are you? Have you still getting ready for marathon? :smile:

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    The Master Beta :D says:

    Awwww :heart: I see the twins cute babies are they keeping you and hubby up at night :lol:

  95. 95
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Congrats Jenie!

  96. 96

    Awwww….look at da babies

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    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Beta they sure as hell are :wail: they’re getting better though :pray:

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    Are they fraternal or identical, I can’t really tell from the pic?

  101. 101
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Chan I just realized I had an e-mail for you in “draft” status for madddddd long that I thought I sent :kona:

  102. 102

    Bomb they are soo cute :love: and they looks plump too :thumbsup: I love juicy baby jaws :yahoo:

  103. 103
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    They are identical Boot

  104. 104

    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Chan I just realized I had an e-mail for you in “draft” status for madddddd long that I thought I sent
    ____________________

    :dead:

  105. 105

    Identical :shock: :woohoo: how sweet, who is the feisty one ?

  106. 106
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Jenie they were 5lbs and 5lbs 5oz when they were born…. at their check up 2weeks ago they both weighed in at 6lbs…. they are probably 6.5 or close to 7lbs now

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    Anna says:

    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    They are identical Boot

    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Precious.

  108. 108
    Jdore says:

    GellySammich says:

    I understand how WE might not be able to tell but his dad?! That baffles me.
    ~~~~
    :yes: I was thinking the SAME think!

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    Awwww, I’ve always boy/girl twins so I could get two for the price of one :kona:

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    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Jenie they both have their days neither has shown to be the all out diva yet :pray:

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    Just Looking says:

    The babies are BEATIFUL :love: What amazing gift! Identical Twins, my neighbors have identical twins, and them two little girls, done broke me. Not even mine…..

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    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Just hail naw that marathon shyt gonna have to wait til next year guhl :no:

  113. 113

    @ 2 Cribs…..see how you do me? I know the twin life tho….my twins are 12, but lawd Jesus when they were babies I had HELL

  114. 114
    ALBoy says:

    Whats up yall?
    So my boss was like im having a party tonight i need you there im like ok? So he talking bout i want you to dress as Forrest Whitaker in The Butler. Talking bout you can even pass out a few drinks. I was pissed till i start thinkingbout Oprah looking all good in that movie with color purple eye um um um
    :coffee:

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    Just Looking says:

    Stay in this post…the new one ain’t HOPEFUL :sad:

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    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    :thankyou: Justlooking :love: they sure will get to yew quick I can’t even front they got me & their daddy wrapped around therir itty bitty fangaz already

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    No AL. Please still be pissed. :rofl:

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    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Chan i’mma send it…. it was the deets about that “wedding” I attended a few weeks back :rofl:

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    Congrats Bomb! Wish I was the inventor of them century old blankets :cuss:

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    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Aight ya’ll its been real….. my chill-ren is up…. stay ratchet for me when I lurk :rofl: Say heyyyy to the Roses I missed :peace:

  121. 121
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    :thankyou: San

  122. 122
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Out this muggg :steer: :peace:

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    Anna says:

    ALBoy says:

    Whats up yall?
    So my boss was like im having a party tonight i need you there im like ok? So he talking bout i want you to dress as Forrest Whitaker in The Butler. Talking bout you can even pass out a few drinks. I was pissed till i start thinkingbout Oprah looking all good in that movie with color purple eye um um um

    ~~~~~~~~
    :rollseyes:

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    The Pearl! says:

    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Beta, Jenie

    My little munchkins are doing well! Posting from my tablet but I’ll put a pic of dem babies up for real gravi Friday…. do we still do that or nah?
    ******
    Hey, Bomb and congratulations! I missed the babies’ pics, too!

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