Friday, October 24, 2008

Tekenya Wooten, Age 12 Pregnant and Missing

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When I first saw her picture I sat and stared for awhile.  I wondered what was going through her mind, this poor girl child whom so few seem to care about.  Tekenya has been classified a group home run away, and as you can imagine neither the police, or the media seem to be overly concerned.  She is after all only a little black girl.

This poor child has already been victimized once.  This is evidenced by the fact that she is 12 and 8 months pregnant; therefore she could not have legally consented to sex.  Now that she is missing not only is she in personal danger, but so is her unborn child.

To qualify for an amber alert the following conditions must be met:

1) Risk of serious bodily injury or death

2) sufficient physical description

3) 17 or younger

4) Reasonable belief that an abduction occurred.

Tekenya Wooten has been classified as a runaway; and therefore she will not be listed as an amber alert.  Even if she personally did not meet the criteria, concern for her unborn child alone should have raised the threat level. I suspect that her exclusion has more to do with race and class than any factors specific to her status as a missing person. 

Just three days before she went missing Cole Puffinburger was abducted from his home and the media, perhaps drawn to the drug connection ran continual coverage and updates.  The Puffinburger name has become known internationally and yet Tekenya has barely been covered by print news, never mind appearing on any of the large news networks.

Missing black children are continually ignored by police departments and the media.  When a child is in a group home with no adult to speak for them the chances that they will become noticed reduce considerably.  Being a resident of a group home means that Wooten was a ward of the state and clearly big brother has decided that it would be easier if she simply disappeared into the forgotten mass of humanity.  Since the state has custody and the state represents the people we all have a responsibility to speak on Tekenya's behalf.  A missing 12 year old pregnant child is an emergency. 

Durham PD -Cheif Jose Lopez, Sr. of the Durham Police Department 919- 560-4322 jose.lopez@durhamnc.gov

Durham City Manager- Thomas Bonfield (919)560-4222 tom.bonfield@durhamnc.gov

Mayor of Durham (919) 560-4333 ext. 269 Bill.Bell@durhamnc.gov

Durham Child Protective Services (919) 560-8424 ( This is run by Durham COUNTY)

Spread the word however you can.  This child needs to be found. Blog about it, write e-mails, make phone calls, talk to friends.  We are all that Tekenya has and we owe her more than what we have done.

H/T Delilah Delilah and What About Our Daughters (awesome work Gina)

 


Editors Note: Tekenya has been found unharmed. Thank goodness, and a further thanks to Delilah and Rachel for the updated information. This is not reason to let down our guard as the issue still remains how something like this could have happened and been completely ignored by the mainstream press. Black children are worth something and their disappearances need to get more coverage.

18 comments:

Villager said...

It is good to see more and more bloggers sharing this information with their readers. I've done the same on my blog --

http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com/2008/10/lakeesha-alert-tekenya-wooten-durham-nc.html

Danny said...

Damn. I live barely 200 miles away from Durham and I have to hear about this from an international blogger?

Here is a link to WRAL's (a local station in that area) article.

In case you don't read it there is contact info for one of the detectives on the case:
Detective T.M. Ochman at 919-560-4440 ext. 289

Ebony Intuition said...

They forgot to put, white male & female on the list in ordered for an amber alert to go out.

I'll repost this info on my blog

Delilah said...

Thanks, Renee, for an awesome point of view. We are trying hard to rally the bloggers around this case until little Tekenya is found.

Please,everyone, take the time to make the calls and write the emails. We have to be the pain in the ass that won't go away to get this young girl some attention. I just pray that it isn't too late for her and that she is hiding with someone who cares.

Scott said...

Email Anderson Cooper and demand that his show cover this case!

Anderson Cooper|AC 360

Lindsay said...

Reposted on my blog as well... I hope enough people send enough emails to get some form of action. Tekenya's in my thoughts.

Danyell said...

I find it hard to believe that a 12-year-old girl who is 8 months pregnant even COULD run away. What evidence do they have to say that she ran away?

Renee said...

@Danyell as far as I have been able to learn it was the call of the group home to make and since there is no clear evidence of abduction the police have gone along with this designation. I agree with you wholeheartedly though, how far could a 100 pound 8 month pregnant girl run.

Ever since I heard about her, she has been on my mind. I felt compelled to blog to raise awareness. As I am a Canadian and cannot do much but pass this on to other bloggers, please use the contact list that I provided to raise some attention for her. I did e-mail Anderson Cooper this morning following the link that was left by Scott but more needs to be done.

Rachel said...

Although it doesn't solve the problems you note in the handling of the case, I just saw that she has been found, "apparently unharmed."
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/durham/durham/story/1267228.html

Delilah said...

Maybe we can all learn some lessons from this case. Had we not all banded together and put pressure on and given this little girl exposure, would the results have been the same?

Maybe we can save the world one little girl at a time!


http://www.newsobserver.com/news/crime_safety/story/1267228.html

From Staff Reports Comment on this story
DURHAM - A pregnant 12-year-old girl who had been missing since Saturday was found this morning in Durham, police said.

Durham police officers found Tekenya Wooten on Gordon Street at about 11:45 a.m. today, according to a news release. She appeared to be unharmed, according to the release.

Wooten was living in a Durham group home that operates as a residential and maternity child care facility. Investigators were treating her disappearance as a runaway case and did not trigger the state's Amber Alert program in this week's search.

Delilah said...

I have just had a new member at Peace4 the Missing connect me with her site.

http://www.savingourchildren.bravehost.com/

This site addresses a lot of the issues we have all been blogging about during Tekenya's disappearance. They are quite proactive in bringing awareness to missing black children and runaway teens.

I am now wishing to find a way that will let Tekenya know how many people out here cared enough for her to come to her aid. Maybe she just needs to know somebody gives a damn.

Scott said...

It is great that she was found unharmed, but this doesn't take away from the fact that the main stream media ignored this story.

I suggest that everyone email Anderson Cooper at the link I provided in an earlier post and ask why is it that white children get wall to wall coverage and their own theme music, while minority children have to rely on the blogosphere to get the word out.

eve said...

" she is 12 and 8 months pregnant; therefore she could not have legally consented to sex."

Unless you live in an area that has romeo and juilet clauses.

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