Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kyron Is Still Missing But Is The Public Losing Interest?

There is a shelf-life for any story and then that story is buried.

I remember when my youngest son was a baby and a friend told me that her cousin's baby was just taken from a local hospital in DC. The child was an infant and had been taken to the hospital because he was having difficulty breathing. The mother went to the hospital where the baby was stabilized and was going to be kept overnight for observation.

The mother slept in the room with the baby and some time in the early morning a "nurse" came in for her son saying she needed to take the baby for some tests.

Half awake and in a hospital setting the mother mumbled OK and drifted back to sleep. When she woke up the baby still wasn't back in his hospital crib. She ran out into the hall to ask a nurse where her baby was.

The nurse accompanied her back to the room to check the chart and noticed that no notation had been made. The nurse went to the nurses station and that began the search for her infant son.

This happened about 25 years ago so hospitals did not have cameras. Reports of babies being stolen from hospitals were virtually unheard of. Photos of the baby hit the news. Pleas emphasizing that the baby had been sick and needed medication were all over the news.

I remember telling my friend three weeks later that I was certain that they would find her nephew but in my heart I was certain that the the "magic window" for finding her nephew was probably closed.

The story of the disappearance eventually was knocked off the front page and most people either forgot about the missing baby or figured that the child was found.

My friend and I both had sons not much older than this missing baby and we couldn't help but eye strangers suspiciously when they would approach our babies to say how cute they were.

Then about three months later a fire broke out in one of the condemned project apartments in SE DC a few miles away from the hospital. Squatters were living in these condemned buildings which lacked running water and electricity.

One of the firemen noticed an African American woman who had walked her baby over to watch the action. The fireman commented on her baby and she said that it was her son. Interestingly enough her son was white and had blond hair and blue eyes. Something just didn't feel right about the whole thing and he noticed that she went back into one of the condemned buildings.

He reported it to the cops who went to pay a visit. What they found would have sickened anyone. The toilets and the bathtub was filled with human waste. Dirty diapers were all over and so were roaches. The baby? It was the baby who was stolen from the hospital.

While Kyron's story grabbed the headlines the story seems to be losing traction in the news. I read where a sign hanging from an overpass was being taken down.

This does not mean that the police have forgotten but eventually the media moves on to talk about stories like Al Gore being a "Crazed Sex Poodle" because sex sells.

It is the family who must try to keep the story alive. Each time the story is put forward in the media law enforcement receives tips. Some of these tips may be THE tip needed to bring Kyron home.

I know some people are frustrated by the police not releasing more information. This make sense because if the police released everything because there are somethings that are only known by a credible witness or a perpetrator.

It's very frustrating to the public but this is extremely important. Please if you know something about the disappearance of Kyron contact the Sheriff’s office located at 12240 NE Glisan in Portland or tip line at 503-261-2847.

No comments: