Police were searching yesterday for a 7-year-old boy whose mother abducted him Tuesday from a West Philadelphia elementary school.
Andrew Rankins-Bell was taken from Guion S. Bluford Elementary School at 58th and Media Streets by his mother, Malekah Rankins, 30, about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.
The boy's uncle, Keith Morrison, has legal custody of the child, who suffers from asthma, police said.
Rankins "was forbidden by court order from taking him," said Sgt. Charles Layton of the Southwest Detectives Division. She was stripped of her parental custody pending an emergency hearing scheduled for today in Philadelphia, police said.