A CASE OF INNOCENCE; FAMILY CHILD ABDUCTIONS

A CASE OF INNOCENCE; FAMILY CHILD ABDUCTIONS

Hearts made of stone can lead to injustice and heartache for innocent children when they are put in the middle between two parents during divorce proceedings that may last until the child is 18 years of age. In today’s society, there are missing children that fit in different categories; runaways, human trafficking and family abductions. One has not been in the spotlight much, but is just as important, and a trend that has gone more unnoticed according to the FBI reports; that is family abductions. Cases of missing children are not always solved. This silent case seems to be more complicated. In this family abduction case, an innocent young child’s voice goes unheard when his abductor is a parent, or a former spouse of a divorce. It is a trend of today’s society that is not totally recognized or paid attention in the public eye, yet there has been breaking news of parental abductions. In this article, a finding is used from a reliable source with facts about child abduction will include quotes and news stories that were found to be true in this finding of illegal kidnapping. It is an injustice to a child foremost when a parent is lacking money to hire a good lawyer to represent him or her, but when a non-custodial parent kidnaps a child or even uses the law and system in retaliation to get back at the other parent is wrong and considered a crime. An FBI report in an article, “Child Abductions; When Custody Issues Lead to Violence,” dated 6/6/2013 reveals a disturbing trend and an analysis of child abduction investigations. It reports that non-custodial parents are increasingly abducting and threatening to harm their own kids to retaliate against parents who were granted legal custody of the children. The analysis of all FBI child abduction cases where a motivation was known shows that custodial-motivated abductions—in which a son or daughter is taken against the will of the child and the custodial parent—have increased from 9 percent in fiscal year 2010 to 50 percent in fiscal year 2012. Sometimes the motivation is to convince the custodial parent to stay in a relationship; more often it is to harm the child in an act of retaliation. This trend appears to be on the rise, Ashli-Jade Douplas said, an FBI analyst in the Violent Crimes Against Children Intelligence Unit who specializes in abduction matters, and who is quoted for the article. Douglas is quoted as stating in the article, that “the threat of violence—and death in these cases is all too real. Most non-custodial parental abductors want retaliation. They feel that if they can’t have the child full time—or any amount of time—then the other parent shouldn’t have the child, either. The report of the analysis also states that children age 3 years or younger of unwed or divorced parents are most at risk of being abducted by their non-custodial parent, according to Douglas, and the timely reporting of the abduction by the custodial parent to law enforcement is crucial in increasing the likelihood of recovering the child unharmed.{{more}} In reference to this report, Quick Reporting Key to Child Safety is as follows;There is a common misconception that domestic custodial child abductions are considered a family matter that should not be investigated by law enforcement. In fact, when such abductions are reported to law enforcement, the child should be considered to be in danger—especially in cases when the non-custodial parents have previously threatened to abduct or harm their children, or mentally disabled, or are unemployed or otherwise financially unstable. “The timely reporting of the abduction by the custodial parent to law enforcement is critical,” Douglas, is quoted as saying. Taking a stand for what society believes in is a must for today, and has always involved the freedom that this country stands for. In this category of unnoticed issue, children deserve to have more investigations in reference to court cases. It will take more than just the community to get involved to help prevent the injustices that harm innocent children.