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Alarming Number of Cars Stolen with Kids Inside

.jpg photo of kids and cars graphicThings can go wrong in mere seconds
when a child is left alone in a vehicle

#Vehicles Are Not #BabySitters

Cars are being stolen with children alone in the back seat all over the country far too often and in some of the most unexpected places. Families are being traumatized and expensive AMBER Alerts are being issued as a result of these easily preventable incidents.

Last month, KidsAndCars.org documented 17 children (+ 4 cases involving dogs) who were taken in a stolen vehicle, one resulting in the tragic death of a teen.  In 2019, KidsAndCars documented over 200 children taken in stolen vehicles nationwide.

Thieves watch for vehicles to be left unattended with the engine running or the keys inside.  Most of the time, they don’t realize that there is a child inside until after they have stolen the vehicle.  Car thefts happen even in the safest neighborhoods, outside homes, convenience stores, grocery stores, daycares, restaurants, etc.  It only takes a few seconds for a car thief to jump into a vehicle and be gone.  Children and pets should never be left alone inside of a vehicle, not even for a minute.

“Although the victims of these types of incidents typically survive, it is incredibly distressing for everyone involved.  Because this is easily preventable, we can avoid the unnecessary trauma and use of precious law enforcement resources by simply never leaving children alone in vehicles.” said Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org.

On February 6, a 13-year-old Wichita, KS girl was dragged to death trying to escape the backseat of her family SUV that was stolen while her family went inside to grab food.

Below are the details on the cases KidsAndCars.org documented last month.

02/28/21 – Chicago, IL – Children 5 & 7 – Parked on street, kids called Mom from tablet, found shortly after.

02/24/21 – Renton, WA – Girl 5 – Grocery Store, AMBER Alert, found unharmed.

02/17/21 – Cleveland, OH – Girl 3, Boy 4 – Parked on street, thief left Children along road nearby.

02/16/21 – St. Paul, MN – Children 2 & 4 – Apartment, thief left children outside in cold.

02/16/21 – Valrico, FL – Girl 1 – Driveway of residence, found 2 hours later.

02/15/21 – Honolulu, HI – Infant – Gas station, found along road shortly after.

02/12/21 – Madison, WI – Child – Restaurant, thief abandoned child in car nearby minutes later.

02/09/21 – Columbus, OH – Boy 4 mos – Daycare, AMBER Alert.

02/09/21 – Cayce, SC – Girl 2, puppy – Hotel circle drive, found 3 hours later 11 miles away in car.

02/07/21 – St. Paul, MN – Girl 6 – Walgreens, thief left girl in car a few blocks away.

02/06/21 – San Francisco, CA – Girl 4, Boy 1 – Residence, AMBER Alert issued, children found 4 hrs later.

02/06/21 – Minneapolis, MN , Boy 1 – Church, AMBER Alert, found nearby 2.5 hrs later.

02/06/21 – Wichita, KS – Girl 13 – Restaurant, FATAL

The cost of car theft.

In 2018 alone, 748,841 vehicles were stolen in the United States, costing vehicle owners more than $6 billion according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

AMBER Alerts and extensive search operations for car theft kidnapping cases have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.   One estimate out of Memphis, TN reported the cost to be over $71,000 in the search for a missing baby taken in a vehicle in March, 2018.

Most importantly, the safety and well-being of children is priceless.

State Laws

There are currently 21 states that have laws making it illegal to leave children unattended inside vehicles.  However, it is important for parents and caregivers to understand that in any state, a person can face child endangerment or neglect charges for leaving a child alone in a vehicle, even if the state does not have a law specifically making it illegal.

Additionally, at least 30 states and some municipalities have varying laws making it illegal to leave vehicles running unattended.  These are commonly referred to as anti-idling laws and also help protect the environment.

Tips for parents and caregivers:

  • Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved.  Call 911 immediately.  If the child is in distress, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.
  • Utilize drive-thru or curbside services that don’t require you to leave your vehicle.
  • If a business doesn’t offer curbside delivery, call upon arrival and ask them to bring your order to your car.  Most people are more than happy to accommodate when you tell them you have small children.
  • Keep car doors locked every time you step away from your vehicle and any time you’re sitting inside a parked car.
  • Understand that a running vehicle can be driven away even if the key fob is not inside the vehicle.

Car Theft Video PSA:  http://youtu.be/mTa98jQfYTg
 
There are far too many devastating tragedies that could have easily been prevented had a child not been left alone in a vehicle.  Besides being abducted during a car theft, children are injured by knocking cars into gear, suffer from heatstroke, become strangled by power windows and seat belts, start car fires, exit the vehicle and are run over, etc.
 
For more information on the dangers children face when left alone in vehicles, please visit our website. 

 

 

Woman Hit Trash Truck, Child Hit Dash

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Taquire Studimire, 34, is wanted by Law Enforcement.

Police searching for Polk woman
accused of hit and run, Child Abuse

POLK COUNTY, FL  –  Police are searching for a Haines City woman accused of driving head-on into a vehicle, causing an unrestrained child to be injured on Monday morning.

Taquire Studimire, 34, faces charges of child abuse, tampering, reckless driving, hit and run and resisting arrest without violence, police say.

Authorities say she drove her 2008 Honda Civic into the front of a garbage truck in the area of North 14th Street and Stuart Avenue before 8:30 a.m. on Monday.  The driver of the truck told police that he honked his horn to try to avoid being hit, but was unsuccessful.  Studimire then exited the vehicle with a young child in her hand and told the driver that he was at fault for the crash.

Video recordings from the truck’s dash camera showed the child sitting unrestrained in the front and being thrown into the dash as the vehicles collided.  Studimire is then seen grabbing the child from the floorboard and immediately exiting the vehicle to confront the truck driver.

Police say at no point was she ever seen taking time to examine the child for potential injury.  After confronting the truck’s driver, she reentered the vehicle and backed into traffic with the driver’s side door open, almost hitting another vehicle.

The child was later located at a daycare facility after suffering a head bruise and a swollen cheek.  The child was taken to a hospital but did not suffer any serious injuries.

“The blatant disregard shown for this child is appalling,” Chief Jim Elensky said.  “She proceeded to put others in danger with her carelessness and has taken no responsibility for her actions.  Perhaps jail time is what she needs to mull it over.  It is fortunate that no one was seriously hurt.”

There is a warrant for Studimire’s arrest.  Officers made contact with Studimire by phone, but have yet to locate her.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Haines City Police Department at 863-421-3636.

A Parents Job Is To Keep Their Child Safe For 18 Years

.jpg photo of an accomplice in the houston mass murders
David Brooks, 65, died May 28, 2020.

For a Parent, it should never be
one of THEM times

As always… well, most days.. I looked at our stats.

Today I came across something that I didn’t recognize, and I came very close to shutting the computer down right then and there.

It was just a feeling that part of me wishes I would have heeded… (Jacob) However, THAT is not the man that is sitting here.

.jpg photo of an accomplice in the houston mass murders
Elmer Wayne Henley

My mind has already seen Frank when we were little boys, our Father, our GrandMother, and her two sisters who are our Aunts… in flash-backs probably fifty times already, since looking up the post I didn’t recognize… and I have Thanked Our Dear Mighty GOD already for Our Father, Our GrandMother, and Our Aunts. (Jacob)

From the time we were little boys, if Our Father was not with us, Our GrandMother and her older and younger Sisters, who are Our Aunts, would NOT let us be around any older boys or men by ourselves, and that includes our uncles on that side of the family, except for Uncle Frank who was Our Aunt Ida’s husband.  This is Our UnCivilized side. (Jacob)

You might wonder why I included the last paragraph in this, while it should be quiet obvious, I don’t mind enlightening everyone, since so many want to keep this a dark secret.

A major percentage of the Children we grew up with were victims of sexual abuse.  I hope no one of you jump to the conclusion that I have no proof of this fact.  In 1969, Vincent De Francis published the results of his study of sexual abuse of children, and in it he stated that the findings strongly point to the probability of an enormous national incidence many times larger than the reported incidence of physical abuse of children.  I found this in “Child Protection History In America” from the ABA.

At this time I will say that the numbers that are listed say that in 1990, 27% of the abused Children was physically abused, which would mean that between 50 – 75% of the abused Children was sexually abused. HOWEVER, I am more than glad to point out that none of these numbers can be trusted, since these state that about 5 Children die per day due to abuse, although that number is above 10, and most probably as high as 13, and most probably 15 Children a day die from abuse. *Government Accountability Office

It’s One Of THEM Times

Notorious Houston serial killer up for parole

A mother and father from Pasadena drove to an office building in Angleton Thursday for a closed-door parole hearing on one of Houston’s most notorious killers.

Their son, a 13 year-old boy named Stanton Dreymala, may not be remembered by many people in the Houston area, but what happened to him is seared in the collective memory of a generation of Houstonians. He was one of at least 28 boys and young men lured to a horrifying death in what became known as the Houston mass murders.  “He was just a normal 13 year-old,” said his mother, Elaine Dreymala.  “He went to school, he rode his bike, he mowed lawns for his spending money.”

Between 1971 and 1973, a man named Dean Corrl recruited two teenaged accomplices – David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley – to entice other youngsters to his homes, where they were drugged, raped and sexually tortured – sometimes for days – before they were murdered.  Some of the terrified victims were forced to write notes telling their mothers they were leaving town shortly before they were killed.

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Elmer Wayne Henley in April 1976.

The Last Kid on the Block

Texas Monthly magazine – April 1976

Elmer Wayne Henley Jr. received six life sentences in 1974, suffice it to say he’ll likely never be released from prison.

Per the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Henley is currently incarcerated in the Mark W. Michael Unit in Tennessee Colony, Texas.

Henley was most recently denied parole in 2015 and will be eligible for his next parole review in 2025.

Serial killer Henley grants interview
December 7, 2001

David Brooks, accomplice in Houston Mass Murders, dies at 65 of COVID-19

David Brooks, 65, died May 28, 2020.

Safe For The Holidays, Is This Alvin Manuel Alvarez?

.jpg photo of child predator wanted by Houston Texas Law Enforcement
Alvin Manuel Alvarez, wanted for Sexual Abuse of a Child in Houston Texas.

30-year-old man accused of
Sexually Abusing two Children in
southeast Houston

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case.

HOUSTON, TX  –  Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department are seeking help in locating Alvin Manuel Alvarez, who is wanted for two counts of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Crime Stoppers stated Monday morning that the alleged crimes occurred between March of 2017 and September of 2019 when the suspect sexually abused two child victims in the 2500 block of Beatty Street in southeast Houston.

The “child victims made an outcry of sexual abuse,” according to police. Detectives learned the suspect, Alvarez, continuously sexually abused both victims.

Alvarez is described as a Hispanic male, age 30, who is about five feet nine inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case.

Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app.

Only tips and calls DIRECTLY TO Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.

The Giving Season Is Here, Sewer Rats Are Everywhere

.jpg photo of child abuse, child sex abuse, and good parenting graphic
Your Child Needs You to be a Good Parent before it is too late.

Global Child Sex Abuse network
uncovered with ties to US

A tip earlier this year from the United States has led to the uncovering of a major child sex abuse network in Australia with ties to the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe and New Zealand.

According to The Associated Press, Australian authorities announced Wednesday that 16 men have been arrested in New South Wates, Queensland and Western Australia in recent months on 828 charges of sexually abusing children, producing and distributing child abuse material and bestiality.

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Justine Gough said that a child care worker and a children’s soccer coach are among those facing charges.  Gough added that investigators had identified a total of 46 victims in Australia as young as 16 months and no older than 15 years.

“No child should be subjected to abuse and violence from the people they trust, whether that is a family member, a childcare worker or a soccer coach,” Gough said, according to the AP.  “Sadly and heartbreakingly, this has been the case for the victims.”

A total of 18 “matters” have been referred to the U.S., where three men have been arrested in connection to child abuse material, the news service noted.

The investigations resulted from a February tip from the U.S. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to Gough, which warned Australian police that a New South Wales man was uploading child abuse material.

Upon the arrest of a 30-year-old man, authorities reportedly searched his computer, which revealed an online child abuse network with which the man was connected.

Gough said that the pedophile circle used “the regular internet,” as well as the dark web, to connect with each other and share materials.

When contacted by the AP, the Homeland Security Investigations’ representative to Australia, Adam Parks, declined to comment on the three arrests in the United States.

However, he did say there were several ongoing investigations within the country, adding that the child abuse ring was a global network “rooted in Australia.”

This comes as several investigations in recent months have uncovered human trafficking networks across the U.S.

In October, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) said that a trafficking probe, called Operation Autumn Hope, resulted in 179 arrests and 109 victims rescued.  The effort included more than 50 law enforcement agencies and other organizations as part of a mission to end sex trafficking across the state.

In August, Ohio’s Operation Safety Net led to the rescue of 25 children aged 13 to 18 in just three weeks after its launch, according to the U.S. Marshals Office.

That same month, Operation Not Forgotten in Georgia recovered 39 children aged 3 to 17, with nine people arrested at the time.