Thu. Nov 30th, 2023

Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a 6-year-old boy believed to have been taken by his father, who does not have custody of the child, from Los Angeles.

On Sunday afternoon, Chance Dorsett’s grandfather, who has full custody of the little boy, allowed the child’s father — his son — to take him for a visit. When the boy’s father, Rodney Dorsett Jr., didn’t return the child as expected, the grandfather tried to reach him by cellphone, but was unable to contact him.

The pair were last seen at a market at Redondo and Washington boulevards in the Mid-City area around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Chance Dorsett has brown eyes, black hair, weighing about 90 pounds and is 5 feet tall.  He was last seen wearing a navy-blue shirt with tan polka dots and tan shorts.

Rodney Dorsett Jr., 25, has brown hair and brown eyes.  He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds.

The pair are believed to be traveling by bus, and police said in a written alert that Rodney Dorsett Jr.  has family in Texas and might be heading in that direction. 

Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD, Wilshire Division at 213-473- 0467 or 213-922-8205.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call  Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 with a cellphone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.


By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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