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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Durham City Manager- Thomas Bonfield (919)560-4222 email@example.com
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.