Tag Archives | child abduction

Did you know you cannot buy a white van without proof that you are a predator?

Police Report: A Boy Got Into White Van. You Know What THAT Means!

. Sometimes, you gotta print the whole story, just to prove that THIS IS THE WHOLE STORY.  Note what is missing. (Hint: It’s not the child.) WNYT reports that: Schenectady police investigate possible missing child 09/01/2015  Schenectady police are investigating a report of a possible missing child. They say an unconfirmed third party saw a […]

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TWO abduction attempts in ONE WEEK? Children are NEVER SAFE!

Two Abduction Attempts Reported in One Week

Readers — This note from the commenter CoasterFreak reminds me of a fantastic Bloom County comic by Berkeley Breathed reprinted in the Joel Best book I am devouring: “Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern About Child-Victims.” (It’s all about how predator panic began and spread.) Anyway, the comic, from Nov. 21, 1987 (if anyone can figure out how to […]

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How The Cops CREATE Sex Offenders

Readers — This report by Noah Pransky, my new Journalism Hero, is so well done and so shocking, I hope that it gets reposted throughout the blogosphere: (I have removed the video because it automatically starts playing anytime you go to my blog.) It details how men who go online to adult chat rooms and […]

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Thank you for shopping at Walmart, you disgusting pervert.

Greeter at Walmart Calls 911 on Dad She Thought was a Kidnapper

Readers — Here’s a long blog post by a mom whose husband left Walmart with their daughter while she finished checking out. The greeter assumed the father was an abductor even after she — the greeter — followed the duo out to the car and asked the girl, “Who is this man  with you, sweetie?” […]

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AMBER ALER…Aww, Never Mind

This note comes to us from Reilly Capps, who was a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow. Hi Free-Range Kids: It’s Reilly, I wrote you about crazy drop-off procedures at my niece’s school.  This is about the new ability of Amber Alerts to come to your phone, which you’ve talked about before. It’s disconcerting, and in some cases, unnecessary. […]

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Is a kid safe on her own for a few minutes at Target?

“I Let My 3-year-old Use the Bathroom Alone at Target”

This morning I was on Irish radio to talk about Maddie McCann, the 3-year-old stolen from her hotel room in Portugal seven years ago. The point I tried to make was actually one that a reader once put so eloquently here: “Can we stop acting as though the most unlikely thing is the most LIKELY […]

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Fake Kidnapping at a Playground: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Readers – –This just in. Two masked men grabbed a 4 year old from a playground and threw him in a van. Surprise! It was to make a video about “kidnapping awareness.” Why is this insane? A – The “perps” could have been shot. B – It is based on the crazy idea that WITHOUT a video […]

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Fearing the front lawn.

The Death of Hailey Owens and the Fear It Strikes

How should the tragic news of a 10-year-old Hailey Owens’ abduction and murder change us? For me, it will mean feeling sickeningly sad for her and her family.  And beyond that, it will mean a call for… Nothing. Not more laws protecting kids — there are already laws against murder. Not more police on the […]

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