Anne Arundel police are looking for a 14-year-old boy who hasn't been seen since Friday morning at his Glen Burnie home.
Brandon Lamont Hinton left the house on Continental Drive on his own accord and was reported missing at 7:43 a.m. by his family. He didn't show up for school Friday at Brooklyn Park Middle School.
Police are investigating Hinton's disappearance as a runaway, classified as "critical" because of his age. His mother, Tiffany Tripp, said she doesn't know why he left. She called him an "all-around great kid."
"This is out of character for him," Tripp said. "He may have left on his own, but he's never done this before. He's never done drugs or hung around bad kids."
She said the seventh-grader is a leader on his athletic teams, "not one of those kids who's running around on the street" and causing trouble.
Hinton is described as a black male, 5-foot-6, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information may call Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-8610 or the Northern District at 410-222-6135.