These are three very different abducted children cases in Florida. Why one case receieves media attention while others receive none has been a topic of heated debate.
Karissah Butler, 2-years-old, is listed as a Case Type: Family Abduction at the NCMEC. Her poster describes the circumstances; she was abducted on September 29, 2006, by her mother, Trina Butler. A felony warrant was issued for Trina Butler on October 22, 2006. They may be in the company of an adult male relative. They may have traveled to Rhode Island or to Canada. Karissah has a scar on her left cheek.
She is also listed at the Department of Children Families as missing in the state of Florida which would indicate she was in the care of the state. There has been no statewide or national media coverage of custodial parents searching for her.
Why isn’t Jessica Vargas listed as missing at the NCMEC? She is the 4-year-old victim of a violent family abduction from Sanford, Fl. There has been no statewide or national media coverage of her custodial father searching for her. In fact outside of her initial abduction, there has been no coverage at all.
In the case of 2-year-old Trenton Duckett, there has been statewide and national media coverage of his custodial father searching for him. This may be partly due to his mother’s suicide, but mostly due to Joshua Duckett’s efforts to keep his disappearance in the media.
There are currently 578 children listed as missing at DCF. They aren’t in the news either.
Note: Jessica Vargas Biatriz has since been listed at the NCMEC.