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
Andre Terrance Bryant
Donel Jacoby Minor
There are a few Hispanic babies:
Bryan Dos Santos Gomes
And the white ones:
the infamous Sabrina Aisenberg
Ashley Conroy (missing with mom)
Jeremy Dages (missing with his mom)
Royce Henson (missing with his mom)
the sisters Sausha Henson and Shaina Kirkpatrick
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.