RECOVERED CHILDREN WHO FOLLOWED THE LIGHT HOME!!!!!
Not all missing child cases end tragically, there IS always hope we can bring these children home. Success stories are of vital importance when it comes to making people more aware of their ability to help locate and save missing children. They give us hope, they remind us that while we do lose a great number of these children, we also save a great deal. All it takes is one person to be in the right place at the right time, armed with the right information and a child’s life can be saved. While the stories that ended tragically leave a cut on our heart, the stories that end happily heal these cuts. Every time a child is brought home, our lights shine a little brighter and our chances of saving other children increases. It only takes ONE person to save a child’s life, and you never know when you may become a child’s hero, so keep your eyes open, and don’t be afraid to come forward with ANY information you may have regarding a missing child. The more awareness we call to these children, the more of these stories we can share – the more happy endings we can witness.
Here are some children that followed the light home …
July 30, 2008
Police say long time felon Lorenzo Curry knew his days as a free man were numbered, so in 2002, he grabbed his girlfriend and their baby and hit the road. For years, they remained on the run, until July 2008, when the U.S. Marshals came storming into their Motown hideout. Curry and his girlfriend were captured without incident, and baby Aaliyah’s grandmother finally got to reunite with her precious 6-year-old granddaughter.
It’s never too late to bring a child home.
June 30, 2008
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 22-month old girl who was taken by her non-custodial father. The suspect had abused the child’s mother and threatened that she would never see the child alive again. He later called the house and threatened to shoot the child and himself. An off-duty officer who was aware of the AMBER Alert noticed the vehicle the suspect was traveling in and contacted law enforcement. The suspect was subsequently shot and killed by law enforcement after displaying a handgun. The child was located in the vehicle unharmed.
One person, in the right place at the right time with the right information saved this baby girl …
June 27, 2008
A 1-year-old boy went missing along with his 16-year-old babysitter, who took the child’s mother’s vehicle without permission. An AMBER Alert was issued. The child was with a family of the suspect who heard the AMBER Alert on a local radio. The family convinced the suspect to leave the child with them for a short period and when the suspect left, they called the Bessemer Police Department who responded to the scene. The child was safely rescued.
One call, just one call …
June 25, 2008
Rock Hill, SC
An 11-month-old girl was taken by her biological father, who was inebriated at the time of the abduction. An AMBER Alert was issued. An individual who heard the AMBER Alert called in information to law enforcement revealing where the suspect was hiding and the child was safely rescued.
One person, forever a child’s hero …
June 23, 2008
Mountain Home, AR
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 16-month old boy who was discovered missing from his daycare when his mother arrived to pick him up. A female had called the daycare earlier in the day identifying herself as the mother, stating she had a family emergency and would be sending her sister to pick the child up. After hearing the AMBER Alert an individual called the Mountain Home Police Department and said that he believed he had information that would lead to the recovery of the boy. He gave law enforcement a description of the suspect and where he might be located. Officers went to the location where the child was safely rescued and the suspect was arrested.
Another child saved, because an ordinary person was aware of an AMBER Alert …
June 15, 2008
Two sisters ages 7 and 8 were last seen outside their father’s home, when they were offered a ride by a stranger. An AMBER Alert was quickly issued. A family member of the abductor heard AMBER Alert and began searching places they knew he frequented, found his vehicle, and called 9-1-1. The children were safely rescued.
You never know when you can make a difference, a difference a child will never forget …
June 12, 2008
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 5-year-old boy who was abducted by his non-custodial father, after a domestic altercation with the child’s mother. The suspect saw the AMBER Alert on the highway signs, called police to negotiate a surrender, which allowed the police to locate the suspect through investigative means. The suspect was arrested and the child was safely rescued.
You never know what will come of an AMBER Alert, this is why this program is invaluable …
April 30, 2008
The parents of a 6-month-old boy lost custody of their son and refused to release the child to the temporary custodian. The father made homicidal threats against the child, the mother, himself, and two others. In addition, the father has a lengthy violent criminal history and both parents are substance abusers. An AMBER Alert was issued. The suspects stated that they felt their world was crashing in on them when they became aware of the AMBER Alert. As soon as they saw pictures of themselves on the news they knew they would not be able to travel anywhere without being recognized. The mother turned herself and the child in to authorities. The father was arrested several hours later.
No one stops to think what would happen if AMBER Alert did not exist, and thankfully we don’t have to …
May 7, 2008
Gwinnett County, GA
A 1-year-old child was abducted by his non-custodial mother. The child has acute asthma and requires several breathing treatments per day. The abductor did not take the child’s emergency medication with her, and due to the poor quality of air and pollen count the child was believed to be in extreme danger. An AMBER Alert was issued. An individual recognized the mother from the AMBER Alert and contacted law enforcement. The child was safely rescued.
Another person armed with the right information, in the right place at the right time saves a child’s life …
April 29, 2008
A 3-year-old boy was abducted by his biological father, who has a history of drug abuse and domestic violence. The child has asthma and is required to take medication every six hours. An AMBER Alert was issued because the child was believed to be in danger and did not have any medication. When the suspect saw a television broadcast of the AMBER Alert he turned himself in into law enforcement and the child was safely rescued.
An AMBER Alert can serve as a slap of reality …
April 21, 2008
A 3-year-old boy was abducted from his daycare by his non-custodial mother, who has a history of drug abuse. The abductor also had an outstanding warrant for grand larceny and was known by local law enforcement due to her involvement and subsequent arrests for assault type offenses. An AMBER Alert was quickly issued. The mother heard the AMBER Alert, contacted law enforcement, and the child was safely rescued.
The quicker an AMBER Alert is issued, the quicker a child can be brought home …
April 12, 2008
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 15-month-old child who was taken by his father after a violent confrontation with the child’s mother. An individual recognized the vehicle after hearing the AMBER Alert on the radio, and followed the vehicle until police were able to intercept them. The child was safely rescued.
A complete stranger forever changes the fate of a small boy, the right information is all you need to save a child’s life …
March 24, 2008
The mother of 3-year-old and 6-year-old girls was in the bathroom of her residence while the children were in another room with the mother’s roommate. The roommate asked the children if they wanted to go to the park; however, the mother told him not to take them. When she came out of the bathroom, she discovered that the children and the subject were gone. An AMBER Alert was quickly issued. An individual who saw the AMBER Alert on the television recognized the children and suspect walking down the road. Law enforcement was contacted and the children were safely rescued.
One person in the right place at the right time, with the right information and these little girls are brought home safely, not all guardian angels need wings …
February 10, 2008
A 2-month-old boy was abducted from his home by his non-custodial father, who had a long criminal history of felony drug abuse. When the father fled in a vehicle, the child only had a t-shirt and blanket, and was not placed in a car seat. Because of the father’s drug history and 15 degree weather, law enforcement believed the child was in danger. An AMBER Alert was issued. Within one hour of issuing the AMBER Alert, law enforcement received a tip regarding the location of the child. The child was safely rescued and returned to his mother.
One tip, just one, always call, even if you think it might not mean anything, you never know when it will mean something …
February 4, 2008
El Paso, TX
Two step-siblings ages 5 and 9, who had expressed interest in going to Juarez to visit the biological mother of one of the children, left their home in El Paso, TX. An AMBER Alert was issued. A concerned individual spotted the children and contacted law enforcement because the children looked out of place. The individual claimed that an unknown party picked up the children in their vehicle and drove away. The children reached Juarez and were taken into custody by the Juarez Police Department. When Juarez law enforcement observed the AMBER Alert on television they contacted the Sheriff’s Office where the Alert had been issued. The children were safely rescued.
If you child was missing, you would want someone to notice a child looking ‘out of place’, because you never know when noticing a child may save their life …
January 30, 2008
El Paso, TX
A 3-year-old girl was violently taken by her biological mother and the mother’s boyfriend. An AMBER Alert was issued. The abductor and associate observed the AMBER Alert on television, contacted law enforcement, turned themselves in and returned the child. The child was turned over to Child Protective Services who in turn returned the child to the biological father.
If all an AMBER Alert does is scare an abductor into realizing the gravity of the situation they have created, then it has done enough …
January 20, 2008
An 11-year-old boy’s non-custodial mother went to his grandmother’s home with the intent to abduct the child and his 14-year old brother. The non-custodial mother and her associate assaulted the child’s grandmother and uncle, then abducted the 11-year-old child. An AMBER Alert was quickly activated. The abductor became aware of the AMBER Alert and contacted law enforcement. The child was safely rescued.
No child should be ripped out of the arms of the people that love them …
January 10, 2008
Two sisters ages 5 and 8 were taken by their mother, who in phone conversations with law enforcement told them she would cause harm to the children. Law enforcement issued an AMBER Alert after receiving the threats to the welfare of the children. A gas station attendant in Niagara Falls, Ontario heard the AMBER Alert and noticed a woman with children matching the description. He contacted law enforcement and they were able to apprehend the mother and safely rescue the children.
You never know when you will be in the right place at the right time, so stay current on AMBER Alerts …
January 3, 2008
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued an AMBER Alert for a 3-year-old girl after she was taken by her non-custodial mother. Detectives believed the child was in danger because she had been missing for four days and the victim’s mother is a heroin addict and had been charged before with child endangerment. The mother and child were staying with residents at an apartment when they saw the AMBER Alert on TV. The residents confronted the suspect and as she was fleeing the apartment with the child, they called the police. When the police learned the mother had fled, an area search began and they were found at a nearby convenience store.
The children are who we protect first and foremost, Thank God not everyone has forgotten this …