Boy, 9, taken from school by father without permission; mom worried

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by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on September 24, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 6:40 PM

NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- A mother is desperate to hear from her 9-year-old son. She dropped him off to school Tuesday morning and he was picked up by his father without her permission.

The mother and father are in the middle of a bitter custody battle. They’re going through a divorce.

“On Sunday, he texted me, my older son, and his son threatening suicide and I haven't heard from him since then,” said Neika Watson, the mother.

On Tuesday around 9 a.m., McDougle Elementary school officials said Eric Watson, Najai’s father, showed up to the school demanding to take him out, but officials wouldn’t allow that because the father is not listed on the registration card.

Watson’s estranged wife said he drove all the way from Tennessee to get him.

“They were able to visit in a conference room,” Watson said.

Administrators were nearby when father and son were together.

“Next thing she knew, he was running out of the school with my son under his arm. Her and three other staff members were running out of the school behind him,” Watson said.

Officials said the principal tried to chase them down. She even stood in front of his Yukon.

“I appreciate her for that. He was revving his engine. He was going to run her over,” Watson said.

Below is the official statement from the Klein ISD.

“While in the presence of an administrator, a 4th grade student was forcibly taken from McDougle Elementary today by a parent who is apparently involved in a custody battle, even as staff adamantly requested the parent to stop. The Klein ISD police were immediately notified and the Precinct 4 sheriff’s department along with Klein ISD police are actively working this case and sought verification of current custody of the child from another state. The district has strict procedures involving custody issues regarding the children in our care. These procedures were followed today. We have reason to believe that the child is not in danger.”

“I'm nervous, any mother would be. You call your child's cell phone and it's off. Or you call your husband's cell phone and it's off. I don't know what he's thinking,” Watson said.

Watson is afraid they’re headed back to Tennessee and she will never get to see her little boy again.

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