Actress Rosie O'Donnell reports teenage daughter missing in New York

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Posted: Aug 18, 2015 3:00 PM

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rosie O'Donnell's teenage daughter, at the center of a reported custody dispute, is missing from her home in suburban New York, the actress said on her website on Tuesday.

Chelsea O'Donnell, 17, was last seen on Tuesday, Aug. 11, her mother said.

The teen, who left home with her therapy dog, a tiny brown and black terrier, stopped taking her medication and needs medical attention, O'Donnell said.

"Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness," a spokeswoman for O'Donnell told media outlets. "It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe."

Local police have been looking for the teen in Rockland County, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Manhattan, since Sunday, according to her mother, a former co-host of ABC's "The View."

A spokesman for the South Nyack, New York police department said police were following up on the report filed by the teen's family. He said Chelsea O'Donnell was not officially listed as missing, however.

Rosie O'Donnell, who is currently appearing in the ABC Family television series "The Fosters," adopted the girl after allegations that her biological mother signed away the child while under the influence of drugs, and the two have been fighting over her custody, according to a report in The Daily Beast.

O'Donnell has also been involved in a custody battle with her estranged wife, Michelle Rounds, over their 2-year-old daughter Dakota. O'Donnell has three other children as well.

(Editing by Frances Kerry)