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Missing girl's family searches for answers

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Brenda Stokes appears in court Wednesday to face charges related to an attack at the Bellagio Brenda Stokes appears in court Wednesday to face charges related to an attack at the Bellagio
Phillip Morris (father) shouted: "Where's my baby?" as he was removed from the courtroom Wednesday Phillip Morris (father) shouted: "Where's my baby?" as he was removed from the courtroom Wednesday
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A 10-year-old girl who was last seen with a woman accused of a violent attack at the Bellagio is missing.

Jade Morris hasn't been seen or heard from since Friday afternoon when Brenda Stokes took her to go Christmas shopping. The girl's father, who is dating Stokes, is looking for answers about what events led to her disappearance.

Philip Morris says he has always trusted his girlfriend with his daughter. He says he's been dating Stokes for four years, and during that time Stokes has never been violent or aggressive.

"My whole world's upside down. My whole family is gone," said Morris.

He says it's hard to believe that his girlfriend would be capable of harming his only daughter.

Jade's grandfather, Phil Tucker, says his granddaughter is very outgoing and resourceful for her age. As the days pass, his concerns for the girl's safety continue growing.

"If she had any control over being able to call, ask somebody to call, walk up to a police tell him that she was lost, she would have absolutely no problem in doing that," Tucker said.

The family says they're working with police to get answers.

In a Clark County district courtroom Wednesday, tempers flared when Morris and Tucker shouted at Stokes.

"Where's my baby? You said you loved me," Morris yelled before being removed from the courtroom.

"I've never had a problem with Brenda," said Jade's mother, Tejuana Reeves. "We've never had an argument. She knows my family here - there's never been an issue at all. That's why I let my daughter go with her."

Reeves said getting answers from Stokes has led the family nowhere.

"The one thing that she said that could help anything was, 'go check my apartment.'"

Stokes asked the judge for more time to hire an attorney. She is due back in court on Friday to face charges, including battery with a deadly weapon, burglary and mayhem with a deadly weapon - all related to her alleged role in the Bellagio attack.

"I just want my baby home," Morris said, "Everything else is irrelevant."

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