FLINT (WJRT) (6/11/2018) - The lawful parents of 5-year-old Palace Edelen are pleading her biological mother to return the girl safely.
The girl went to stay with Fashana Burnett-Skinner for a court-ordered overnight visit. Burnett-Skinner failed to return Palace on June 2, when the visit was supposed to end.
The Michigan State Police issued an Endangered Missing Alert for her on Monday.
"Palace loves to dance, she loves to sing. She likes stickers, she likes the fake tattoos," said her step-mom, Sushila Edelen.
"She makes friends anywhere she goes. People just love her," said her father Edward Edelen.
The Edelens have no idea where Palace and Burnett-Skinner could be.
"She wasn't nowhere to be found. We had rolled by her house, house was empty. We called her daughter," Sushila said.
The couple is praying for Burnett-Skinner to do the right thing and bring Palace back home.
"We know she's coming back," Edward said.
"We're hopeful and we've got faith," Sushila added. "At first, you know, I kept breaking down, getting upset, praying and praying and praying. But I do have faith. I know she's gonna come back home."
When she does, it'll be clear they missed her.
"She loves pink and purple. We're just gonna keep hanging up balloons until she comes home," Sushila said.
They just wish they knew when that would be.
"As soon as we find out where you are, daddy's coming to get you baby. I don't care where you are. I'll be there," Edward said.
He added Burnett-Skinner has talked of moving to Las Vegas. She also has family near Detroit and Florida.
Burnett-Skinner drives an older model Hyundai sedan with a missing front grille and damage to the front driver's side fender. She is 47 years old with a dark complexion.
Palace was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and jean shorts with pockets on the side.
Anyone who sees either of them is asked to call 911 immediately.