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Teenage mother breaks down in tears as she shows off baby in bid to persuade missing 16-year-old father to come home Anthony Stubbs disappeared on November 25 – just after baby Lily was bornCharlotte Mason sobbed at press conference today as she held their child Teenager has not been seen at all and his bank account is untouched
01:44 GMT, 1 January 2013
The girlfriend of a school prefect who disappeared weeks after becoming a father broke down in tears yesterday as she showed off their baby in an attempt to persuade him to come home.
Anthony Stubbs vanished in November, shortly after his 18-year old girlfriend Charlotte Mason gave birth to their daughter Lily.
He told her he was going to his mother’s home a ten-minute walk away but his family have not seen or heard from him since and his bank account remains untouched.
Tearful: Charlotte Mason cries while holding daughter Lily as she tried to persuade boyfriend Anthony Stubbs at a news conference today
Missing: Anthony Stubbs with baby Lily on the day she was born but he has now been missing for more than a month
Anthony, 16, had moved in with Miss Mason and Lily, despite concern from his family that it could affect his schooling.
It is believed that the Year 11 pupil
had been struggling with the pressures of fatherhood and vanished after
having a row with his girlfriend.
Yesterday Miss Mason, who had been
dating Anthony for almost two years, wept as she appeared with their
baby daughter at a police press conference.
She cuddled four-month-old Lily in her arms as she pleaded for her teenage boyfriend to return home.
Difficult: Charlotte and Anthony's mother Denise Machin speak to the media and say they believed he would come home for Christmas
Distraught: Charlotte Mason says she is struggling to cope with what has happened and hopes their beautiful child Lily will persuade him to return
Life: Despite concerns from his family about his schooling, Anthony set up home with Charlotte and Lily at a house in Leyland, Lancashire
‘It’s completely out of character for
Anthony to go missing,’ she said. ‘We just want to know that he is safe,
it is the not knowing which is so upsetting.
‘We’ve been together for nearly two
years now and this was Lily’s first Christmas which I know Anthony was
really looking forward to. He had even bought her a stocking before she
‘Anthony was so proud when Lily
arrived, he is a great dad and I just want him to come home and give her
a cuddle; Lily’s missing her daddy.
‘Anthony we just want to know you are safe, please just get in touch and let us know you’re OK.’
Anthony, from Leyland in Lancashire,
found out he was going to be a father when he was 15 and had just
celebrated his 16th birthday when Lily was born in September.
His mother, Denise Machin, 34, said:
‘I have still got all his presents under the tree from family and
friends. I honestly thought that he would be back Christmas Eve because
he loves Christmas.
Couple: Anthony pictured with girlfriend Charlotte Mason who gave birth to baby Lily in September
Missing poster: Anthony Stubbs shown in his school uniform as police hunt for him after he vanished just after he became a father at 16
Glimpse: CCTV images show the last known steps taken by Anthony on November 25
‘I just don’t know why he has done
this. It’s been very hard because me and Anthony were always close. He
could come and tell me anything.
‘This is out of character to walk out and not tell me or his family anything. It is very, very strange.
‘I just want him to come home. If he
is not ready, just ring to say he is fine. It’s the not knowing. I don’t
know where he’s gone. I just want someone to tell me my son is safe.’
The teenager was last seen as he
walked with his school bag over his shoulder near to the Seven Stars pub
in Leyland on Sunday, November 25, at 12.55pm.
The day before he went missing, he failed to attend a family gathering where his grandparents were renewing their wedding vows.
Disappearance: Anthony has not been seen for more than a month in a situation that has left Charlotte and the rest of the family huge upset
Close: Anthony Stubbs and girlfriend Charlotte Mason together with pet dog
Anthony, who enjoys music and outdoor pursuits, was studying for his GCSEs at Wellfield Business and Enterprise College.
He is described as being of slim
build, clean-shaven, with blue eyes and around 5ft 9in tall. His natural
hair colour is mousey brown, but he dyes it black.
Detective Inspector John Entwisle, of
Lancashire Police, said: ‘We are chasing down every lead and sighting
but there has been nothing positive so far. People have come forward but
not as much as we would like. We are working through all Anthony’s
contacts and we would encourage anybody with information about his
whereabouts to let us know.
‘I would also like to make a direct
appeal to Anthony: You’re not in any trouble, we just want you to make
contact with us or your family so that we know you are safe.’