GRAND BAY, Ala. (WALA) - The great-grandmother of Brittney Wood's 2-year-old daughter, Payton Hamilton, said she does her best to protect the child from the details of her mother's missing person's case.
Maxine Harris, 65, said her grandson, Andrew Hamilton, is Payton's father and has full custody of the 2-year-old. Harris said Payton spends a lot of her time with her and she is doing fine.
Harris said the last time Payton saw her mother was two days before she went missing. Since then, Harris said she has only seen her mother's picture on television.
"When the news comes on, they show the picture of Brittney. If she is standing close by she'll go to the TV and she'll point and say that's my mama," said Harris.
Harris said Payton is doing fine, but she notices her mother isn't around and has asked where she is.
"We figured when she gets old enough and asks us questions we can try to explain things to her, but right now all we can do is say she's gone somewhere," said Harris.
Although hopeful Wood will turn up soon, Harris said she isn't sure if that will happen.
"She wouldn't be gone this long. Maybe a few days would go by that she wouldn't call my grandson which is the baby's daddy. But she would call. So we know something has happened or they got her where she cannot use a phone," said Harris.
In the meantime, Harris is trying her best to help keep Payton busy and happy. And no matter what the outcome is in Wood's case, Harris said she will make sure Payton grows up with a lot of love.
"Really become something. And as long as I'm living she will. I will do as much as I can do for her," said Harris.
If you have any information on the disappearance of 19-year-old Brittney Wood, please call KlaasKIDS at (855) 733-5567 or (251) 348-1562.
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