******UPDATED NOTE 9/5/09: There is some additional information contained within this post: Seems quite a buzz is going around…. It seems that the many cut/pasted post on my last update is on several blogs out there. Unfortunately, it is not directing readers to the aforementioned, which does include more information that you all may need to know. I understand the many concerns that people have, but there was certainly more layers to this situation. So please read the upper link as well. Thanks.*******
I did not expect the results that I’m so happy to share with you all, but since I did get an update on this issue, I’m posting this lastest news!
I wrote about a little girl who I felt strongly was being abused! Her hair was being torn from her scalp by her “mother”—(I really have been very consumed by this incident too). Although I AM NOT happy about how long it took for the state of Michigan to respond to my concerns, at least they finally did. I will give them credit for that. But in the state of NY (for example)—after what happened with Hedda Nussbaum back in the mid-80’s (please look her up if you are unfamiliar), I guess I assumed that EVERY state would take a complaint of the abuse of a child, more seriously. But I digress… so here’s the latest…
What has been updated to me by the local officials… the “mother” WAS recognized and identified based on the video that she and her eldest daughter posted on the internet. The children (the little girl and her brother—I actually thought the second child in the video, was a little girl at first) have been taken into custody by CPS in the Detroit area. Thank goodness!
Now… I realize that those little children may not know what is happening to them and are probably very confused, but I certainly hope people who read this will pray for their safe mental and physical health. This “mother” really was doing a bad thing to them—I absolutely have no doubts about that. I mentioned in one of the posts I made on this subject that I am prepared to take as much time as needed to see this through to the end—that has not changed. I truly hope people will pray for these children… they will need all the prayers people can manage. I am very sure in my heart, that an intervention was necessary. Now… for the “blasting”!
I contacted the local police department in St. Claire Shores, Michigan directly, as well as in the Detroit area. All gave me the “quiet shove”. I took it a step further and contacted the local news stations there additionally. While they (TV stations) took my information, went online to view the blog and review the footage of this abuse, I actually never got the complete follow up necessary. There was one station that did call back, but they were only trying to identify or confirm the blog—I’ve never heard from them again either. My assumption after that; this story was not “ratings grabbing or newsworthy enough”! The stations were, WXYZ, WDIZ and WJBK. All of them get a complete FAIL for their lack of “journalism and reporting” on this subject! I have my personal phone records that show exactly how many times I actually contacted each of them before any source returned my calls. Now here’s the real kicker in the pants…
I’d contacted Child Protective Services (CPS) in the Detroit area from the start and I actually never got a response at that time. With my follow up the other day, I was finally advised to contact the local FBI, yes… the FBI! Well… I thought that was a sort of strange route to take, but unsurprisingly, I got what I’d expected from their office too—yet another number to contact! Hey—I followed thru anyway because the only thought on my mind was this poor little girl in the video! And if this is what it takes to rescue her somehow—I will go through their motions/processes. Unsurprisingly, the local FBI routed me to yet another office– the Sheriff’s Department. Strangely, that did yield results in rescuing these two little kids! So here’s the twisted “upside” to that outcome…
About 30 minutes after that call, another call arrived, and it was from a Sgt. Hannon (like cannon is what she said to me). She was actually rude, abrasive and hung up on me in our less than 20 second conversation, but I did note her name. Finally, another Sergeant (I believe his name was Sgt. Harvey) at the Macomb County Sherriff’s Department called to say the following: “We’ve reviewed the video and your complaint, and someone here has recognized this person—the children are now in the care of CPS”!!! He followed that statement by saying this: ” here is the number for you to contact their office for further information”. A BIG SIGH OF RELIEF is all that came to my mind!!! I was actually no longer mad or upset in that moment!
Now… I don’t know if this is the process with every state, but I do think that it is tragic for it to have taken over 3 weeks to have some intervention for the safety of a child! I refuse to focus too much on the negative of this outcome, because this little girl and her brother were (and still are) my only concern in this effort and they were eventually rescued. But why can’t each state have a response system that is in a more expeditious manner? Really—more than 3 weeks to be able to get some assistance for a child? Is any state for real with this type of process?!!! Is that what our government and local/state officials have determined for children who need their help? I am especially disappointed with the local television stations there because all THEY needed to do is research the information I provided and air the video the very first time I contact them. (I know about media… it’s not that this process is painstaking!)
So… in my effort to lift the conclusion of this journey back up to a more positive ending… the children finally did get the help they needed. But (oddly) something tells me that is has not fully concluded, therefore, I will be updating this information when it is necessary. I am simply so very happy to know and be able to report, that these 2 children have been rescued for the time being. Who knows… I may actually being talking about two kids that I will adopt one day very soon.
So a special note to that little girl and her little brother: there are people who care. Love is NOT pain and your thick curly hair is beautiful!!! God did not make a mistake on either of you! I personally will do everything I can to continue to make sure you both get the care that you need and DESERVE.
The captain of THIS ship and the “Why O’ Why” Family!!!