According to the NCMEC, most abduction attempts occur after-school, between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.1 Almost half of non-family abduction attempts happen when a child is walking to or from school or a related school activity.2
The overwhelming majority of abducted children are taken by someone they know; even among non-family abductions more than 46 percent of the children know their abductors3.
So you have to wonder how a 5 year-old in El Paso, Tx. could not only mistakenly board the wrong Daycare bus but attend the daycare seemingly unnoticed while authorities searched for her.
“The El Paso Independent School District is deeply concerned that a student mistakenly boarded a daycare bus. Every campus in the district has procedures to identify whether a parent or daycare is to pick up a student. We rely greatly on the communication between our parents and staff to ensure the process goes smoothly. We will continue to improve our communications with parents to ensure that a situation of this nature does not happen again.”
The owner of the daycare when questioned why it took three hours to realize she didn’t attend there issued a different statement.
In Kentucky, a 5 year-old was simply dropped at the wrong bus stop.
A mother searched frantically for her five year old son after he didn’t return home on the school bus Wednesday.
But that mother’s fear turned to outrage, after she says she learned the Woodford County School bus driver let her little boy off at the wrong stop
It would be easy to dismiss these as isolated incidents or to take comfort in the fact the children were unharmed. However if the statistics are to be believed, then the outcome could have been much different.
1National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Special Analysis Unit. This data analysis was conducted on 1,746 attempted abductions tracked and confirmed with law enforcement from Feb. 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008.
2National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Special Analysis Unit.
3This statistic includes all non-family abduction cases intaked at NCMEC within the past two years. In many of these cases, the relationship of the abductor to the child was never reported to NCMEC; therefore it is likely that far more than 46 percent of the children knew their abductors – the data was simply not recorded.