MP of the week: Hassani Campbell

My host has unblocked me and whitelisted my IP so I’m able to access the Charley Project again. My host is a good company, run by a friend with my dad’s, and I have to say the customer service I’ve had over the years is excellent.

So I’ve updated the missing person of the week and this time it’s Hassani Jamil Campbell, a five-year-old boy who disappeared from Oakland, California on August 10, 2009. At the time of his disappearance he was living with his aunt, Jennifer Campbell, and her husband, Louis Ross, and his younger sister. Campbell and Ross were Hassani’s legal foster parents; he’d been removed from his biological mother late the previous year. They were reportedly planning to adopt him.

It’s worth noting that Hassani has mild cerebral palsy. He could walk at the time of his disappearance, but couldn’t run or jump, and had to wear braces on his feet.

Ross was taking care of Hassani when Hassani disappeared, and the police were publicly skeptical of his version of events that day. Eighteen days later, both Campbell and Ross were arrested on suspicion of Hassani’s murder, but they were both released without charge within a couple of days, as there was insufficient evidence. Later that year the couple broke up and moved away.

Last I heard, Hassani’s foster parents were still the prime suspects in his case, but the case seems to have gone cold.

If still alive, he’d be 17 years old today.

4 thoughts on “MP of the week: Hassani Campbell

  1. KT Stanko March 10, 2021 / 2:46 pm

    I have no problem with Jennifer not taking a lie detector test due to their unreliability, but to claim it’d hurt her fetus is odd to me. Maybe she meant the stress of the test on her would hurt her unborn child’s development? Even if she was innocent, I can imagine a lie detector test being unnerving and very stressful. Anyway, first time I’ve heard that reason as to why someone refused to take one.

  2. Staci September 20, 2021 / 3:27 pm

    I think of this little guy occasionally and hope he is happy, wherever he is. Seems he lived a short, sad life with no one really looking out for him.

  3. PJB January 18, 2022 / 10:08 pm

    Thank you for not forgetting this poor little boy. I often think of him and his sweet face and sad life..and wonder where he is. I thought of him again today when I read of the six-year old UK boy Rikki Neave, murdered by another boy decades ago. Rikki was treated cruelly for years before his death. What a sad short life. Detectives kept at it, though, and have arrested the murderer. I hope detectives don’t let Hassani’s case go so cold that no one is ever arrested.

  4. PJB January 18, 2022 / 10:10 pm

    * Rikki was treated cruelly… by his mother…. for years before his death

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