another missing child found dead
This is becoming all too common news and not all cases receive the publicity you would expect. Meanwhile sex offenders get released from prison after very short jail sentences, some receive only probation. Children like Haleigh Cummings missing since Feb 10, 2009 from Satsuma Florida remain missing and law enforcement agencies and families can only guess what may have happened to her.
Another missing child was found dead. A seven year old first grader Somer Thompson never arrived at home after walking the mile from her school. I watched in horror as her mother pleaded for the abductor to drop her off somewhere, any where. The mother stated she didn't even care if they got in trouble or not she just wanted her baby back. Somer's body was found in a landfill two days later with her lifeless legs sticking up out of tons of trash. This beautiful child had been thrown away like a piece of rubbish.
Somer Thompson lived just a few miles from my home in Jacksonville Florida where the new rule for busing is that you must live 2 miles away from the school in order to get bus service to and from school. This is just to far for small children to walk and not all parents have the means to transport them. While the district saves money by not busing these students, these students are put in the dangerous situation of walking often past these predator homes or the places where the predators sit and wait having stalked and planned their moves against an innocent child.
As I watched this story unfold another girl just nine years old went missing. Elizabeth Olten of Michigan walking home from a friends house just a quarter mile away from her home was reported missing. Law enforcement was receiving cell tower signals from her cell phone until the battery on the cell phone ran out. This time the girl's dead body was found along with her cell phone deep in the woods near her home. A 15 year old juvenile led law enforcement to her body and that teen has been charged in her death.
Adji Desir has been missing from Collier County, Florida since January 10,2009. Adji is 6 years old and developmentally disabled. He does not speak English in fact he barely speaks at all. Search crews canvassed the area and police determined that there were no signs of foul play. According to Naples news an Amber Alert was not issued for this child because there were no indications of an abduction. The child was never found.
Alycia Nipp and gps monitoring
I would like to think that if we forced every sex offender to wear a GPS monitoring device it could help to track some of these offenders. These devices are only as good as the people who monitor them and their methods of monitoring. Often the information is not monitored live but checked periodically by parole and probation officers after the fact. This was the case of Darrin Sanford, 30, a registered level 3 sex offender. A category of a level 3 is the most likely to re-offend. Sanford, homeless, was living in an abandoned home when he killed a 13 year old girl Alycia Nipp. Alycia, against the advise of her family, had taken a popular short cut through a field near the abandoned home that Sanford was staying in.
how much can gps monitoring help?
- Sex offender kills teen while under GPS monitoring, police say - CNN.com
When 13-year-old Alycia Nipp didn't come home from a trip to Wal-Mart, her family had no idea where she was, but a tracking device was transmitting the location of her alleged killer.
personal devices to track your kids
Devices are now available to help parents track their children's whereabouts. Devices like Zoombak use A-GPS technology both satellite and cell tower to precisely determine the location of their devices and give live up to the minute information of the whereabouts. The location history allows you to track where the Zoombak has been for up to a week prior. Personal safety zones can be set that will notify you if the device is powered off or when it leaves a safety zone. The continuous tracking feature will update zoombak's location for up to an hour. The battery life is up to five days on standby. In the event of a kidnapping or an abduction a device like one of these in your child's pocket could make a huge difference in the outcome. Police would be able to track the child's Zoombak and their potential killer in moments rather than than having to conduct random searches of the area where the child was last seen.
My feelings are that all sex offenders should be forced to wear such devices attached to their body such as in the ankle bracelets. Upon their release from jail devices like these could monitor their whereabouts at any given moment. Stricter laws and monitoring might help in some cases, but for first time offenders these devices would be useless unless carried by the child and remained unknown about to the abductor.
child safety tips
- Talk to your child about "stranger danger"
- Inform them of the lies these people will tell and the tricks they play in order to snatch a child.
- No adult will truly ever need the help of a child to find a lost puppy or kitty.
- Your mommy said to pick you up is just a lie to trick your child even if they know your child's name
- Attract Attention: screaming "fire" will attract more attention than "help"
- Teach your child to back away from adults trying to talk to them stay out of reach
- Tell your child to never get into the car of a stranger: teach them to grab onto a sign or light pole and fight for their lives: kick, scream, run, aim for the groin and kick repeatedly "scream as loud as they can"
- Don't go into public restrooms alone especially at parks and playgrounds
- Stay together don't walk alone do not get separated under any circumstance
- If your child carrys a flip phone set it up not to end a call by closing it! Closing the phone may trick an abducter into thinking the call has ended
- If your child thinks someone is following them teach them to go into a public place and ask an employee to call the police. If they have a cell phone make the call.
It is terrible that a child should have to fear adults and think about these things but it could potentially save their lives. Please see the links below.