Runaway girl refuses to come home after family spat

Philisia Natasha Mathew went missing on June 27, two days after a quarrel with her mother Ledia Julin.
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JOHOR BARU - The 14-year-old girl who reportedly ran away from home after a spat with her mother has contacted a relative, but refuses to go home.

Philisia Natasha Mathew went missing on June 27, two days after a quarrel with her mother Ledia Julin.

Yesterday, the teenager reached out to a relative via WhatsApp and said she was still in the state.

"She contacted my former daughter-in-law and asked us to retract the police report lodged when she went missing," said Philisia's grand-aunt Suri Selutan, 41, who lives in Seremban.

She had looked after Philisia from when she was a baby until last year, when the teenager moved in with Ledia, 34, in Johor Baru.

According to Suri, Philisia said she was staying with a friend and did not want to go home for the time being.

"I told my former daughter-in-law to coax Philisia to return home before we discuss retracting the police report," she said.

Philisia was also welcome to stay with her if she did not want to go back to her mother, Suri added.

According to Ledia, Philisia had an argument with her younger sister on June 25.

"I came out of the bathroom to find them quarrelling.

"Philisia also talked back to me and when I hit her, she responded by shoving me.

"My younger brother saw it and scolded her because I am six months pregnant," Ledia said.

Two days later, the family realised at about 9pm that Philisia was missing and could not reach her on her mobile phone.

She left behind a note thanking her family for raising her and telling them not to worry, adding that she would return with money once she found a job.

Ledia said she blamed herself for the situation and that she had not meant to hurt her daughter's feelings.

She also claimed that Philisia's classmates had told their teacher that she had a 20-year-old boyfriend, whom the family suspected may have convinced her to run away.

Anyone with information on Philisia's whereabouts can contact her stepfather Goh Tan Chai at 011-3191 6500 or Suri at 012-610 9585.

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