Family says KC mom with brain injury and two-year-old daughter returned home safe

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Missing mom, daughter

27-year-old Nicole Nelson and 2-year-old Dajahnay Nelson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The family of a missing mom and daughter says the two  have returned home safe Friday morning.

Family told FOX 4's Robert Townsend that a Wyandotte County sheriff's deputy found the two walking near 5th and Barnett early Friday morning and were reunited with their family around 2 a.m. Both were reported as fine and did not need to go to the hospital.

According to the family, the mom and daughter hadn’t been seen since Wednesday evening.

According to police, Nicole Nelson, 27, and two-year-old Dajahnay Nelson were last seen around 5:20 p.m. at 58th and Prospect.

Originally, the last time someone saw them was thought to be 3:00 p.m., and a different description was sent out.


2-year-old Dajahnay Nelson

Nicole is described as 5'7" tall and 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing a cream shirt that was dirty with black leggings (originally reported that she was wearing lime green capris.)

Dajahnay was last seen wearing a pink shirt, blue jeans and pink jellies (not in a red sleeper as was originally reported).

Authorities say the mom has a traumatic brain injury and only has the mental capacity of a nine-year-old. She and Dajahnay live with Nicole's parents and brothers. FOX 4's Robert Townsend spoke with Nicole's mother, who says she is riding around the city looking for her daughter and granddaughter.

Nikki Rhodes, a neighbor and friend who lives across the street from the family, says she is making fliers to pass out in the neighborhood, hoping they'll help find Nicole and Dajahnay.

Along with the above description, Nikki Rhodes says Nicole walks with what she calls an 'obvious limp.'

"The baby and her mom need to be home," said Rhodes. "It's really scary. It alarms me, you know."

Rhodes says she hadn't been able to sleep because she's so worried. She says it's not like them to leave the house.

A family friend tells FOX 4 that on Wednesday, Nichole walked about a mile away from her home to enroll her daughter in the Learning as We Grow Pre-School Center near 58th and Prospect. The daycare's director says they were both there until the daycare closed at about 5:00 p.m., but that's the last time anyone has seen them.

Police ask that anyone with information about where Nicole or Dajahnay could be is asked to call (816) 234-5136.

27-year-old Nicole Nelson and 2-year-old Dajahnay Nelson were last seen around 3 p.m. at a home in the 3200 block of 62nd Street.

27-year-old Nicole Nelson and 2-year-old Dajahnay Nelson were last seen around 3 p.m. at a home in the 3200 block of 62nd Street.