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Leave me alone, says mum who dumped son.

A young mother left behind her four-year-old son to start a new life, police said yesterday.

Rachael Parker, aged 23, was reported missing a month ago and told police after being traced that she wanted to make a clean break and did not want anyone to know where she is.

Kent Police had launched a search when she was reported missing by her former partner.

Cameron Cairney, aged 24, the father of her son, Connor, and who shared a house with her in Querns Road, Canterbury, had been concerned for her welfare.

Mr Cairney said the police had now told him Miss Parker was living in Nottingham and did not want any contact with him or Connor.

He said: 'I am angry, I am relieved, I am a hundred different things.

'She said to the police that she does not want to keep in touch and does not want anyone to know where she is.'

Mr Cairney said their son was very upset.

He said: 'I want to ask Rachael to please get in touch, by letter or whatever, to explain why she did this, if not for my sake then for her son.

'I cannot explain to him why this happened as I do not understand it myself.'

During the search for his mother, the young boy had made an impassioned plea for her to come home.

He had said: 'Please mummy, come home. I really miss you.'

Mr Cairney had said his son had been devastated by the disappearance of his mother, who had been 'devoted' to him.

He gave up his job as a chef to look after Connor full-time when Miss Parker went missing.

A police spokeswoman said: 'She has been traced and is safe and well. Rachael has been seen by a police officer and has started a new life away from Kent, wanting to make a clean break.

'Her family has been informed.'

She added: 'At Rachael's request we will not be disclosing any further details of her whereabouts.'

Mr Cairney had reported her missing when she failed to collect her son from school as arranged and did not turn up for work as a cleaner at a restaurant in Canterbury on May 3.

The investigating officers worked on the theory that she was staying with friends in London or the Thanet area of Kent.

They were concerned as she took no money with her and did not claim her benefits after her disappearance.
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Title Annotation:National
Author:Coates, Jon
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 10, 2000
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