Missing black babies

Charley has a number of cases of missing babies (age two or under) and I’ve noticed something odd about it. There seem to be a high proportion of black babies among them. (I’m talking only about cases where there’s no evidence the child’s parents or caregivers were involved.) It’s very strange. I count a nearly equal number of black babies and white ones, which is skewed in proportion with the general population.

A list of all the black babies I can think of:

El-Jahid Allah (missing with his dad)
LaMoine Allen and his cousin Kreneice Jones (okay, Kreneice was three, but LaMoine was two)
David Ezell Blockett
Kimberly Boyd
Andrew Brown
Andre Terrance Bryant
Christopher Dansby
Raymond Green
Teekah Lewis
Donel Jacoby Minor
Kamiyah Mobley
Tavish Sutton
Vinyette Teague
Shane Walker
Carlina White

There are a few Hispanic babies:
Annalycia Cruz
Bryan Dos Santos Gomes
Joseph Hurtado
David Miera
Marlene Santana
Jacqueline Vasquez

And the white ones:

Aaron Anderson
Christopher Abeyta
the infamous Sabrina Aisenberg
Marx Barnes
Richard Barnett
James Bordenkircher
Robert Bowling
Desiree Carroll
Ashley Conroy (missing with mom)
Jeremy Dages (missing with his mom)
Corey Edkin
Sean Evans
Curtis Fair
Ruben Felix
Elizabeth Gill
Royce Henson (missing with his mom)
the sisters Sausha Henson and Shaina Kirkpatrick
Megan Ginevicz
Melissa Highsmith
Larry Krebbs
Jamie Thornton
Shannon Verhage

I’m pretty sure not all of these children were abducted, though I think most were. There is suspicion the four of the black children I mentioned were sold into an adoption ring. I think the whole thing is very odd. It’s not as if there’s a shortage of adoptable black babies around. In fact, I’ve read that the United States is actually exporting some of our black newborns to Europe because not enough adoptive parents can be found in this country who want them. I would assume that it would cost a great deal of money to buy a black-market baby, probably more than a regular adoption (which is also very expensive). Most families who can afford this are white and generally want white children. But here’s another idea: perhaps there are a lot of black families who want a baby and can afford to adopt one, but for whatever reason they don’t qualify for adoption and thus they resort to other means.

There’s a good chance, anyway, that many of the missing babies I’m talking about are still alive and don’t know of their origins. My guess is that most of them were taken not by an organized ring of baby-snatchers but by demented individuals who wanted a child of their own. One would think that such women are pretty harmless, but that isn’t always the case. A few years ago, in a case that shocked the nation, a woman who wanted a baby attacked a pregnant woman, killed her, slit her open and made off with the baby. The baby survived and was found quickly, thank goodness. Whoever took them and for whatever reason, Carlina and Andre’s abductions in particular are frightening. The person or persons who took Andre killed his mother to get him, and Carlina’s abductor(s) ripped an IV out of the baby’s arm and carried her away from her hospital bed while she was critically ill. I wish the Amber Alert had been around back then; it might have saved them.

I’m not sure if this odd racial demographic actually means anything. Charley doesn’t profile every missing person case in the country — far from it, the site has just a sliver of them. Also, most babies that are snatched, at least in recent years, get found within a very short time, and Charley only profiles cases that are at least six months old. You could put forth the following hypotheses:

1. For some reason I just happen to have heard about more missing black babies than white ones.
2. The police look harder for missing white babies and find them faster, so the babies don’t stay missing for six months and end up on Charley.
3. Abductors of babies deliberately target minority families, perhaps because minority families tend to have less money and less influence than white families. This would tie in with Hypothesis #2.

I really have no idea, but I thought I’d bring this up. I’ve been pondering on it for awhile.

10 thoughts on “Missing black babies

  1. Aimee January 17, 2009 / 2:27 pm

    Interesting! I remember hearing about Kamiyah Mobley when it happened. Only a couple quick two-minute-type stories on the news. Not like when Sabrina Aisenberg disappeared around the same general time period. I would like to think Kamiyah would have been found pretty quickly if there’d been an Amber Alert and/or if she’d gotten more publicity. Nowadays a baby taken from its hospital like that gets immediate media attention.
    The Bobbie Jo Stinnett case you mentioned, sad to say, isn’t unique. It’s happened, though rarely. More common is a case where the mother isn’t harmed and the abductor gets the baby by trickery or deception.
    As for what you mentioned about black babies being sold into adoption… I find it kind of hard to believe. As you say, most white couples looking to adopt want white babies, at least if they’re adopting domestically. It’s kind of “trendy” right now to adopt African kids, but these same adopters don’t seem interested in the homegrown variety. That’s a rant for a whole nother day. 🙂

  2. delilah1234 January 17, 2009 / 6:12 pm

    Your observations are interesting and pretty correct! Black children, by proportion, don’t receive the Amber Alert as often as white children. It may be due to other circumstances, but with over 40% of missing children reported being black or other minority, you would think we would hear of more Amber Alerts.

    To fill the gap for minority children, a group called Peas In Their Pods has introduced the “Rilya Alert” named for Rilya Wilson. You can see their site at http://peasintheirpods.ning.com. They are on the fast track with getting the word out via the Rilya Alert and many sites are connected to help them along.

    I realize there are many criteria that have to be met to receive the Amber Alert. There are none, except a missing child, to receive a Rilya Alert.

  3. Aimee January 17, 2009 / 8:06 pm

    The link you provided doesn’t work. Says page cannot be found.

  4. delilah1234 January 18, 2009 / 1:53 am

    We also have a Rilya Alert Group at Peace4 the Missing. It works like this, we receive the information, it is sent as a broadcast to all of our members who take the information to all of the blogs and sites they belong.

    We try to get it to as many places on the internet as possible so that these children can at least be given some sort of attention and some action taken to find them.


  5. forthelost January 19, 2009 / 7:36 pm

    Also, most black newborns and toddlers for adoption in this country have been born under less-than-ideal conditions. A black family who wanted to adopt a healthy infant or toddler would have fewer options, and the infants taken seem to be from good homes. Just a thought.

  6. absinthe January 26, 2009 / 5:10 am

    How about little Jahi Turner from San Diego?

  7. Meaghan January 26, 2009 / 6:20 am

    I didn’t count him because it looks like Mom’s boyfriend did him in.

  8. Jane Goody April 24, 2009 / 11:36 am

    Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is more than I expected for when I found a link on Delicious telling that the info is quite decent. Thanks.

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