In honor of Black History Month I’m profiling one African-American MP every day on this blog for the month of February. Today’s case is Tageana Elizabeth Griffith, who was abducted by her non-custodial mother from Niagara Falls, New York on June 13, 2010, at the age of five. She is now 13 years old.
Tageana was born in Jamaica, but lived in the U.S. at the time of her disappearance. Her parents had joint custody. The court confiscated Tageana’s passport after her mother, Patricia, took her to Jamaica for a “vacation” without permission. Pretty much right after the passport was returned, Patricia took Tageana back to Jamaica again and this time came back without her.
(Incidentally, most major airlines in the U.S. now have a rule that if a minor child is traveling out of the country with only one parent, not both of them, this parent has to produced signed and notarized permission for the trip from the other parent, or proof that they have full custody rights, in order to fly. That’s to prevent stuff like Tageana’s abduction from happening.)
Patricia was sentenced to 18 months for parental abduction. The authorities believe Tageana is living with her maternal grandmother in Jamaica, but they can’t find them. Meanwhile her father has been looking for her for almost eight years now. All he’s got are some pics of her taken on her tenth birthday, five years after she was kidnapped.
I forget who suggested this, but I promised to do a Select It Sunday for Timmothy James Pitzen, who disappeared from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin on May 12, 2011 at the age of six. He is missing under unusual circumstances.
Timmothy’s mom, Amy Fry-Pitzen, signed him out of kindergarten and took off with him without telling his dad. They went to the zoo, then to two resorts before checking into a hotel in Rockford, Illinois. The next morning the hotel staff found Amy dead; she’d taken her own life. There was no sign of Timmothy. Amy left notes saying he was being cared for, but she didn’t say where he was or who was taking care of him.
Investigators believe Amy may have been planning her son’s disappearance for months. As to where he is, or if he’s still alive, nobody seems to know.
This list is of people who are biracial and of African-American and Hispanic descent. On this entry I wrote about a missing young girl who was listed as Hispanic but “looked” black to me. Someone posted the following comment:
I just wanted mention that being Latino and looking Black are not separate cultural states. There are many Latinos who are of Afro-Caribbean heritage given that a great deal of Latin America takes place in the Caribbean and historically much of the African slave trade took folks to Latin American islands and nations on the Caribbean and near-Atlantic.
This list isn’t that long; I expect there are probably more people on Charley that meet the requirements, that I just don’t know about.
- Patrick Kennedy Alford Jr.
- Osvaldo Baro
- Terrance S. Bonilla
- Michael James Borges
- Devin Janelle Brown-Bousetta
- Kamyle Stephanie Burgos Ortiz
- Gebar Lynon Byrd Jr.
- Marco Antonio Cadenas
- Keyla Contreras
- Natasha Paula Corley
- Pinkie Mae Davis-Herron
- Nadia Lynn Drummond
- Acacia Nicole Duvall and Jon Pierre Duvall
- Sarah Raquel Elsafi and Tariq Ahmed Elsafi
- Youssef Nabil Elsayed Hassan
- Kristopher Bryan Lewis
- Gustavo Machado
- Natanalie Marie Perez
- Victor Leonard Richardson III
- Rolando Salas Jusino
- Abigail Smith and Isabell Lena Smith
- Irwin Yafeth Stewart
- Jocelyn Emilia Turcios
- Elyssa Marie Vasquez
Got some new age-progressions and new pictures for you, also middle names: