North Carolina– The mother of a missing 17-year-old honor student from North Carolina said she was stunned to learn that “20 different guys” passed through the home where the girl was staying and that the girl was allowed to drink alcohol while visiting family in Baltimore.
Phylicia Barnes of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been missing since December 28 after saying she was going out to get something to eat and maybe a haircut, according to Baltimore police. Maryland State Police and the FBI are also participating in the case.
Authorities have said they fear Barnes may have been harmed or abducted. Barnes left her debit card, and her mother said she has not answered her cell phone.
In an interview with HLN’s “Nancy Grace” on Friday, Barnes’ mother, Janice Sallis, said she spoke with Barnes’ oldest half-sister multiple times before allowing Barnes to go to Baltimore.
“She knows how protective I was as her mother. She wasn’t allowed to have a boyfriend,” Sallis said. “She didn’t have men; we didn’t have men coming in and out of our environment.”
Sallis said she was “stunned” and “devastated” after learning from one of Barnes’ siblings that “there was a listing of 20 different guys going in and out” of where Barnes was staying and that her daughter — who recently turned 17 — was allowed to drink alcohol.