Make-a-List Monday: Special needs children

This list is of kids who were under 18 when they disappeared, who had serious medical conditions. I’m talking about the sort of thing that would have them frequently hospitalized and/or put in special education classes at school.

  1. Patrick Kennedy Alford Jr., 7 (ADHD and possibly emotional problems)
  2. Steven Eugene Anderson, 17 (moderately mentally disabled)
  3. Marble Ace Arvidson, 17 (behavioral problems, classified as a special needs child)
  4. Kevin Jay Ayotte, 3 (developmentally disabled, hearing-impaired and with limited speech skills)
  5. Nicholas Patrick Barclay, 13 (ADD)
  6. Allison Taylor Bayliss, 15 (Asperger’s Syndrome aka high-functioning autism)
  7. Emad Ali Ben-Mrad, 3 (hearing-impaired)
  8. Samuel Savage Becker Boehlke, 8 (Asperger’s Syndrome)
  9. Edward Dylan Bryant, 9 (ADHD)
  10. Fidelmar Liborio Cadenas, 10 months (unknown, but said to be “medically fragile”)
  11. Monica Cassandra Carrasco, 16 (anorexia and depression)
  12. Kevin Andrew McCarthy Collins, 10 (dyslexia)
  13. Cassie Kay Compton, 15 (possible bipolar disorder or depression)
  14. Jeremy Ray Coots, 4 (severely hearing-impaired)
  15. Carla Rebecca Corley, 14 (epilepsy)
  16. Chris Andrew Cunningham, 6 (seizures)
  17. Christopher Gage Daniel, 7 (unspecified, just says he’s classified as a special needs child)
  18. Mark Anthony Degner, 12 (developmentally delayed with bipolar disorder)
  19. Landon Lee Deriggi, 13 (severely hyperactive, visually impaired and learning-disabled)
  20. Adji Desir, 6 (severely mentally disabled and almost completely nonverbal)
  21. Christian Taylor Ferguson, 9 (severely physically and mentally disabled due to a prior stroke, needs life-sustaining medication)
  22. Andrea R. Gonzalez, 5 (severe emotional and behavorial problems)
  23. David Eduardo Gosnell, 3 (developmentally delayed)
  24. Ember Skye Graham, 6 months (epilepsy)
  25. Kenneth Warren Hager, 11 (mentally disabled and mute, severe epilepsy)
  26. Jyrine Kyese Harris, 2 (ostogensis imperfecta, aka brittle bones)
  27. Justin Phillip Harris, 13 (mentally disabled and cannot function without psychiatric medication)
  28. Bryan Andrew Hayes, 13 (developmentally delayed with bipolar disorder)
  29. James P. Higham III, 16 (mentally disabled with developmental and emotional issues)
  30. Mark Joseph Himebaugh, 11 (emotionally disturbed with behavioral problems and possible OCD)
  31. James Richard Howell, 9 (hyperactive)
  32. Elisabeth Ann Huster, 9 (hyperactive)
  33. John Christopher Inman, 17 (seizures)
  34. Danny Randall Jackson, 12 (ADHD)
  35. Tiahease Tiawanna Jackson, 10 (diabetes, high blood pressure, a kidney disorder and learning disabilities)
  36. Hevin Dakota James Lee Jenkins, 2 (autistic and nonverbal)
  37. Shanta Marie Johnson, 3 (exposed to cocaine in utero; classified as a special needs child)
  38. Lenoria Eleise Anne Jones, 3 (exposed to cocaine in utero, had ADHD)
  39. Barry James Kephart II, 11 (dyslexia)
  40. Adam Benjamin Lake, 17 (Crohn’s Disease)
  41. Patricia Ann LeBlanc, 15 (“unspecified condition that may endanger her welfare”)
  42. Marjorie Christina Luna, 8 (hearing-impaired)
  43. Louis Anthony MacKerley, 7 (hyperactive and learning-disabled)
  44. Dennis Lloyd Martin, 6 (learning-disabled and slightly developmentally delayed)
  45. Tiana Neshelle Martin, 10 (Graves Disease, a potentially fatal autoimmune disorder)
  46. Ashley Renee Martinez, 15 (bipolar disorder)
  47. Clayton Lynn McCarter, 15 (mentally disabled)
  48. Betty McCullough, 10 (deaf and mute, and said to be terminally ill though I’m not sure why)
  49. Alexandra Marie McIntire, 7 months (premature, developmentally delayed, lung problems)
  50. Brandy Lynn Myers, 13 (brain damage)
  51. Tristen Alan Myers, 4 (severe behavioral problems, possibly had ADD, was possibly mentally disabled)
  52. Amy Sue Pagnac, 13 (seizures and possibly bipolar disorder)
  53. William Fred Patient, 16 (ADHD, bipolar disorder and substance abuse issues)
  54. Larry Wayne Perry, 9 (moderately mentally disabled)
  55. Robert Thomas Pillsen-Rahier, 15 (behavioral and emotional problems)
  56. Bianca Noel Piper, 13 (ADHD and severe bipolar disorder)
  57. Angelo Gene Puglisi, 10 (epilepsy)
  58. Blake Wade Pursley, 14 (seizures, partial paralysis, and learning and behavioral problems)
  59. Eric Wayne Pyles, 12 (severe emotional and behavioral problems)
  60. Jaliek L. Rainwalker, 13 (severe emotional and behavioral problems including reactive attachment disorder, exposed to cocaine and alcohol in utero, can be violent)
  61. Natasha Marie Shanes, 6 (epilepsy, developmentally delayed)
  62. Jason Sims Jr., 15 (said to be autistic and nonverbal)
  63. Austin William Sparks, 15 (severe emotional problems)
  64. Roland Jack Spencer III, 3 (mentally disabled, hearing-impaired, can’t really walk, seizures)
  65. Aleacia Di’onne Stancil, 9 months (premature, born addicted to drugs)
  66. Brandi Jondell Summers, 5 (cystic fibrosis)
  67. Amber Jean Swartz-Garcia, 7 (hearing-impaired)
  68. Ricky Lane Thomas Jr., 13 (severe behavior problems, could be violent)
  69. Wilfredo Torres (learning disability)
  70. Daffany Sherika Tullos, 7 (epilepsy)
  71. Alissa Marie Turney, 17 (ADHD)
  72. David Clayton Warner, 12 (epilepsy)
  73. Brittany Renee Williams, 7 (AIDS)
  74. David Edward Williams, 13 (mentally disabled and has seizures)
  75. Fredrick James Workman, 15 (ADHD and ODD — that is, oppositional defiant disorder)
  76. Daniel Ted Yuen, 16 (depression and other emotional problems)

13 thoughts on “Make-a-List Monday: Special needs children

  1. eeniebeans December 26, 2016 / 2:34 am

    My 13 year old daughter has epilepsy and one of my fears is that something (abduction, assault?) will happen to her in a period after she has a seizure when she is not coherent and is very vulnerable. She is well controlled with medication at the moment but I try to have her not be alone in public just in case. It is a fine line to walk trying to let her have some independence while not letting fear take over.

    • Meaghan December 26, 2016 / 2:53 am

      I had a seizure once. I was sixteen. One moment I was standing there holding a can of pop and talking to my dad, the next moment I saw black and white spirals, and then when I came to I was sitting on the couch and had somehow managed to spill my pop all over my butt (the butt I was sitting on) and Dad said I’d jerked my arms out zombie-like and my eyes rolled up into my head and I was twitching. I had a splitting headache the rest of the day.

      I never figure out what caused it. Mom and Dad wouldn’t take me to the doctor or anything — they said “if it happens again we’ll see.” They didn’t want to pay for a doctor’s visit, you see. Fortunately it never did happen again.

      My boyfriend who had a cousin who had epilepsy and wound up dying as a result of a seizure when he was seven. The seizure itself didn’t kill him; what happened was he was swimming, and he had a seizure and sank under the water and drowned before he came to.

  2. Asha December 26, 2016 / 4:32 am

    How are emotional problems synonymous with special needs? A lot of people are deeply disturbed yet behave appropriately.

    • Meaghan December 26, 2016 / 4:57 am

      There are special education classes specifically for kids labeled “emotionally disturbed.” In my observation/experience, most children and teens with severe emotional problems do not behave like their unafflicted peers.

      • Liz December 26, 2016 / 10:34 pm

        As a parent of a child with behavioral issues, I assure you it is a special need. Kids don’t behave in an explosive way without some type of underlying cause. One of mine has anxiety that causes it and the other one has neglect, trauma, ADHD, impulsivity issues and PTSD from his life before us. Not every behavior problem is a special need, but usually it is.

  3. Merikh December 26, 2016 / 5:09 am

    The Kenneth Hager case makes absolutely no sense. The boy was supposedly epileptic, mentally disabled, and most importantly mute. If that description is accurate then it is impossible that he asked his mother for a piece of ice on the day he disappeared or that he was able to tell police that a “bad boy” had burned his arm when he previously went missing. His family stated that he would have gotten into a car if asked…..well that is PRECISELY what creeps and pedophiles do, so why let him go outside unsupervised to get picked up by BlowJob Joe?! The 1940s were a relatively safe time, but not safe enough to allow a disabled child to roam freely, especially one who could not scream for help if need be. Whatever happened, most likely did not happen as it was reported. IMHO.

    • Mia December 26, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      It was a different time. I mean, mentally/developmentally disabled people were still put into institutions and labeled as “idiots,” “feeble-minded,” etc. If the medical community didn’t know how to treat a child with that level of disability, his parents wouldn’t really understand it either. He may also not have been as disabled as originally assumed. My grandfather had a seizure in the 1940’s and my grandma told everyone he’d been hit over the head and mugged on the street; seizures were still considered at that time to be a symptom of mental illness.

      I’m sure that Kenneth had certain gestures or noises that he made to make up for the lack of a conventional language: pointing to the ice, wagging his finger in reference to the “bad boy”… he could have even burned himself somewhere and a nearby adult scolded him.

  4. Alice December 26, 2016 / 9:15 am

    I was young when I was diagnosed with autism, but I didn’t show any signs of it when I was a toddler, I just acted like a normal kid. It makes me wonder how many babies abducted from hospitals or missing toddlers have disabilities but were never diagnosed because there wasn’t a chance. Maybe that could be why some of them haven’t been found.

    • Meaghan December 26, 2016 / 10:08 am

      I wasn’t diagnosed with autism till I was 23. And as a child I might have appeared normal if you met me for like an hour or so, but in fact I struggled horribly at school and it was apparent to my teachers that SOMETHING was wrong. But they didn’t know what and couldn’t convince my parents to do anything about it. (I was basically neglected as a kid. See my above comment about my parents refusing to get me checked out after I had a grand mal seizure right in front of my dad.)

  5. Awakebutnapping March 11, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Have you made a list of children who disappeared while away at a boarding school or something like that? I noticed the Cedu school children as well as another one missing from a school. Just curious. Seems so strange.

    • Meaghan March 11, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      No, I’ve never made a list. As far as I know there’s nobody on Charley who disappeared from an actual boarding school. The places you’re talking about are residential treatment centers that may call themselves boarding schools.

  6. Kaori O June 15, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    I myself have adult ADHD.It leads little kid confuse,less self-esteem.Many of kids with ADHD does well in school,(I mean grades)So,other people doesn’t understand little kid’s suffering.(I still remember that)Unlike a case I have been following,(Roland Jack Spencer-his family told me his father kicked his mother’s berry while she was pregnant)ADHD itself is not life-threating.If adults see what kids with ADHD needs.

  7. Brian F Lockett December 16, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    I saw something that I thought might interest you. I wasn’t sure how to link to it, but I think I finally figured out how. And I wasn’t sure where I should post it, so I did it here because one of the missing kids (Louis Mackerley) is on this list.

    This is from a 1985 issue of Billboard that I was looking at online (OCD + ADHD + WWW = “Who knows what weird stuff you’ll come across?”). It is an article about a video label releasing posters to video stores to highlight missing children. Kind of like the “Have You Seen Me” things on milk cartons.

    Sadly, the four kids still have profiles on The Charley Project (Sean Evans, Jonelle Matthews, Louis Mackerley, Kelly Staples). That means that they’re still missing and have been missing for a long, long, long time. Odds are that none of them are alive now, but none of them have yet to be accounted for (either alive or dead).

    I was in Kindergarten back then and you weren’t even born yet. And those kids are still missing.

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