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Halloween to some conjures up the movie characters Jason, Freddie Krueger, and Michael Myers. To others it reminds them of real life monsters, John Mark McCormick, John Couey, Joseph Smith, Richard Davis, Peter Whitmore and 15-year-old Ronald Moore Jr.

 

Nancy Molyneaux’s real life nightmare began on Halloween night, 1981, in Waterford Township. After letting 13-year-old Colette and her 10-year-old sister, Monique, stay up late to watch “Halloween II.” Monique crawled into bed with her mom.

 

Sometime during the night, the mother awoke to someone sexually assaulting her. After scaring off the intruder, she went to check on her daughter who was missing.

 

You can read the entire story here. As you do there are some unsolved cases in Central Fl.

 

 

CoralRose Fullwood 6-years-old was abducted from her home and found murdered two blocks from her home.

 

 

 Trenton Duckett 2-years-old was initially reported as being abducted from his bedroom though Police now believe his deceased mother may have been involved. He remains missing.

 

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A child was missing in Florida this past weekend. In order for an Amber Alert to have been issued, FDLE must have concluded the child was in danger. In this case, it isn’t clear whether they believed the great uncle was dangerous or if something may have happened to the great uncle and the child. 

 

An Amber Alert was issued Saturday morning, in Yulee, Fl,. located just outside Jacksonville, for eight-year-old Miracle Danesha Mayweather after the child was reported “missing”. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office and FDLE activated the alert.

 

The girl was picked up late Friday night by her great uncle, Shawn Perry, to run an errand. He allegedly did not return her to the parents but instead left her with her Grandfather in Jacksonville. Her mother, Yulinda, called police apparently after becoming concerned the child hadn’t been returned home by 3:00 a.m. 

She had last been seen at the Walmart in Fernadina Beach, in Nassau County. The amber alert was cancelled after the child was found safe Saturday afternoon at her grandfather’s home. The actual timelines have not been reported as to when she was dropped off, found, or how long she was with the great uncle. There were no details released outlining their travels after leaving the Walmart.

 

Authorities are deciding whether to file charges against the great uncle. Hopefully they can receive some answers to these questions.

 

Did the parents attempt to contact the great uncle?

 

Did he attempt to contact them?

 

Did the grandfather attempt to notify the parents immediately after he had the child in his care or did he not know she was missing?

 

How long would you leave your child, late at night, in the care of someone without becoming concerned about their welfare?

 

 

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The hoax is on you

Missing children top headlines this past summer have covered everything from Amber Alerts, child welfare, foster parents and law enforcement’s responsiveness.  Most of you are familiar with the death of Marcus Fiesel, the disappearance of Trenton Duckett, the recent Amber Alert discussions in South Carolina.

 

The potential overuse of Amber Alerts has often been the topic for debate. The consensus is the public will become desensitized should they be activated to often.

 

What do you do when the Amber Alerts are just plain hoaxes?

In Midwest City, Ok. police issued an Amber Alert today for three children whose biological parents allegedly abducted them at gunpoint. Their foster mother, 26-year-old Carmen Hipshire called 911, on Thursday around 4:30 p.m. claiming Rhonda Anderson and Marcel Bonds, had taken the children. She left out one small detail, they had not.

 

Carmen has been arrested and is expected to be charged with filing a false claim resulting in an Amber Alert being issued.

 

The penalty if convicted of violating this statute is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not less that $1,000, or both.

 

Is the penalty harsh enough? Should the penalty also include termination of your right to be a foster parent?

 

Here are some other false reports filed this past summer.

 

 

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It could be due to general housekeeping but the FAQ’s concerning missing children for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), are missing. Previously the NCMEC has posted statistics concerning the number of missing children, the number of deceased missing children etc. on their FAQ page.

 

In their place you will find, “FAQ: Child Sexual Exploitation”. The missing child statistics FAQ’s, were moved from the “Topics of Focus” category to “Resources for Media”.   

While many of us question the accuracy of the missing children statistics or are confused by them, the NCMEC appears to have resolved the issue by simply moving them to a less visible area. Would it have been better to share more current meaningful statistics?

 

Some of the Frequently Asked Missing Children Questions and Statistics (FAQ’s) they addressed were:

How many missing children are there?

What can I do to prevent family abduction?

Aren’t most missing kids a result of custodial disagreements?

How many missing children are found deceased?

What hours are most critical when trying to locate a missing child?

How big of a problem is child sexual exploitation?

How many children are sexually approached and/or solicited online?

Are “stranger-danger” Programs Effective?

Do the cards I get in the mail really help recover missing children?

Do you put pictures of missing kids on milk cartons?

Is NCMEC John Walsh’s organization?

How can I help find missing children?

How can I donate to NCMEC?

How do I get copies of NCMEC publications?

May I photocopy NCMEC’s safety tips/

What is the CyberTipline?

 

As the NCMEC continues to add additional responsibilities, is anyone still searching for the 2,248 children that are listed on their site?

 

 

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Except maybe an Amber Alert activation.

 

In the case of two children ages 7 and 8 years old in South Carolina they were returned safely by a family friend the day after being reported missing. An Amber Alert was issued but there was no evidence of it being responsible for them being returned.

 

So the public was notified, ultimately leading to their safe return. “We certainly believe that the system worked for us yesterday by putting the AMBER Alert out,” said Chief Crisp.

 

The Grandfather, Reddie Hopkins Ramey Sr., 54, of Columbia was believed to have known they were in the care of a family friend.

 

South Carolina ACTIVATION CRITERIA

An AMBER Alert will be activated only when the following criteria are met.

  • The law enforcement agency believes that the child has been abducted (taken from their environment unlawfully, without authority of law, and without permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian).

 

  • The child is 17 years old or younger, and the law enforcement agency believes the child is in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death.

 

  • The individual is 18 years old or older, and is believed to be at risk for immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death due to a proven physical or mental disability.

 

  • All other possibilities for the victim’s disappearance have been reasonably excluded.

 

  • There is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the victim, suspect, or vehicle used in the abduction.

 

In the case of , Elizabeth Shoaf, 14,  the South Carolina girl who was rescued after text messaging her mother on her captors cell phone, an Amber Alert was not issued.

 

In the case of Edwin Sanchez Gonzalez, the North Carolina Amber Alert was cancelled initially in South Carolina after authorities in NC located the vehicle but not the child or his abductor.

 

Is the Amber Alert really working in South Carolina?

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