Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Abducted 4 Year Old Girl Found

In too many cases where a child is abducted by a stranger either a body of a murdered child is found or the child remains missing. Thankfully, a recent case didn't end in murder or lingering uncertainty.
FENTON, Mo. — They're calling it another Missouri miracle — a 4-year-old girl abducted from her front yard and found safe 70 miles away more than 24 hours later.

The FBI said witnesses late Tuesday saw what they thought was a little boy wandering around a suburban St. Louis car wash. It turned out to be 4-year-old Alisa Maier, abducted Monday night from the yard of her home in Louisiana, Mo.
The abducted girl's brother witnessed the abduction and provided enough information about the man, a stranger, and the car he was driving so that the police were able to issue an Amber Alert. This alert and the information contained in it is most likely the reason the man let the girl go.

I understand why some would view this as a miracle to be celebrated, but it is important to look at what practical elements of the response by all involved, private citizens and police, which made the difference between a miracle and a tragedy. We need to focus on these elements to increase the number of so-called miracle outcomes and to decrease the belief by those who are tempted to abduct that they will have any chance of getting away with their intended crimes.


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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:03 AM   1 comments links to this post


At July 08, 2010 12:49 PM, Anonymous m Andrea said...

Marcella, this has nothing to do with anything, and only offered as potential musing fodder for you:

Oftentimes, prosecutors attorneys The Innocence Project etc, will claim that they are vitally interested in improving "bad procedure". This is their reason given which magically explains why their primary focus is always centered on those who might possibly experience wrongful accusation and conviction.

Yet, if "identifying and fixing bad procedure" is indeed their primary focus, then realistically they should actually be MORE concerned about the absolute worst of the bad procedures -- which would be the INSTITUTIONALIZED bad procedure which is literally built into the methodology used when handling rape cases.

The number of rape victims who are denied justice because of bad procedure is far, far greater than the number who are wrongfully convicted of rape. There is no comparison, and yet these bozos continually focus on a tiny number of men wrongfully convicted -- such a tiny number that it can only be considered an OUTLIER.

Yes, it's important to notice bad procedure, but the appropriate level of legal barriers already in place right now make it very difficult for prosecutors to convict the truly guilty, let alone convict the innocent. These people who claim to be concerned about bad procedure are clearly concerned about only one specific group.

You've developed that same argument before for use on a different topic, which is why this occurred to me.

Why aren't they concerned about all the kids who, through bad procedure, wind up having to live with their abusive father in custody cases?


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