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Jaliek Rainwalker's grandmother speaks out about her missing grandson

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Albany/HV: Jaliek Rainwalker's grandmother speaks out about her missing grandson
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TROY, N.Y. - "I feel like in the future I can mend relationships with my daughter and my grandchildren but I could not live with myself if I did not try and find out the truth about where Jaliek has disappeared to," said Jaliek Rainwalker's maternal grandmother Barbara Reeley.

Reeley hasn't spoken publicly to the media in about a month. She and her daughter Jocelyn McDonald are no longer speaking. The strain of a missing child has torn the family apart.

Reeley said, "I believe that Stephen is the only one who knows what happened to Jaliek on November 1st and I do believe he harmed him."

Barbara is concerned that her son-in-law Stephen Kerr -- Jaliek's father -- had something to do with his disappearance. He has not been named a suspect by police but he was the last person to see Jaliek on the night of November 1st and Barbara says his behavior over the years leads her to believe he is capable of hurting a child.

"Stephen has anger issues. I think it was three years ago, Jaliek was doing some repetitive behavior and Stephen grabbed him by the neck and dragged him out the back door and dunked him in the creek and if my daughter had not been there, I don't know what else he would have done to him."

She also says Stephen had been in anger management classes but that his behavior this past spring was too much for his wife Jocelyn.

"This past May my daughter asked him to leave the house because of his anger towards his children. I'm very concerned about my daughter and my grandchildren."

Barbara also says it bothered her that both Stephen and Jocelyn were not involved in the search effort for Jaliek early on. She also says she knows what she's saying may make her already strained relationship with her daughter even worse, but that right now her top priority is finding Jaliek.

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