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Oct222008

Why in the Heck isn't Somebody Looking for Tekenya Wooten (12 y.o- 8 months Pregnant)

UPDATE: Tekenya has been found!!!!!!!



I am sorry, I was doing some research for another post and I was this post over at Black and Missing and saw this post about a 12 year old Black girl that is missing... and she's getting little to no attention. I just did a Google News Search for "Tekenya Wooten" and there are TWO count 'em TWO entries. There is only ONE result when you do a blogsearch. This is ri-dayum-diculous.
Sorry, just being 12 years old and 8 months pregnant isn't enough to get you an Amber Alert or media attention.

Durham Police are looking for Tekenya Wooten, 12. She is believed to have run away from her home at 3529 Manford Drive.

Wooten is black, stands 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 100 pounds. She is eight months pregnant.

When last seen, she was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and silver shoes.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts should contact Detective T.M. Ochman at 919-560-4440 ext. 289 or Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Black and Missing

After doing a great deal of research on maternal homicide for an article I wrote, I know that this little girl is in grave danger of being slaughtered by the father of her unborn child. Pregnant Black women under the age of 20 are most likely to be victims of maternal homicide.

Since the VAST majority of those who impregnate teen girls are men over the age of 20, statistics would indicate that the child she is carrying is the result of statutory rape.
A review of California's 1990 vital statistics found that men older than high school age fathered 77 percent of all births to high school-aged girls (ages 16-18), and 51 percent of births to junior high school-aged girls (15 and younger). Men over age 25 fathered twice as many children of teenage mothers than boys under age 18, and men over age 20 fathered five times as many children of junior high school-aged girls as did junior high school-aged boys. A 1992 Washington state study of 535 adolescent mothers found that 62 percent of the mothers had a history of being raped or sexual molested by men whose ages averaged 27 years. This study found that, compared with nonabused mothers, abused adolescent mothers initiated sex earlier, had sex with much older partners, and engaged in riskier, more frequent, and promiscuous sex. Studies by the Population Reference Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics found that about two-thirds of children born to teenage girls in the United States are fathered by adult men age 20 or older.[28] Source

In other words, the fact that she is missing means she is in danger. The fact that she is missing AND pregnant means she is in grave danger. In reading all the stories about pregnant Black teens who are brutally murdered, they are in "love" with the child's father, so they never see it coming when he duct tapes them and beats them in the stomach with a baseball bat, or hits them in the head with a rock and disposes of their body in a trash strewn ditch.

Not begrudging the family of Cole Puffinburger or the family of Caylee Anthony any of their wall to wall coverage on CNN, but you have to ask the question... why isn't the case of Tekenya Wooten at least as sensational as these two? Oh yeah, I know the answer to my own question.. the lives of Black women and girls aren't treasured.

If you treasure the lives of black women you can use some of your anytime minutes to inquire at the Associated Press North Carolina Bureau as to why this story isn't worthy of a wire report. No seriously call them and tell me what they say in the comments section. What makes Cole and Caylee more newsworthy than Tekenya. I'm curious. If Tekenya Wooten had killed somebody, she would be on the front page of CNN right now. Maybe we should say she was last seen dressed as a cow.

Charlotte
1100 S. Tryon St., Suite 310
Charlotte NC 28203-4297
(704) 334-4624
376-4813 Fax

Raleigh
4800 Six Forks Rd, Suite 210,
Raleigh NC 27609-5245
(919) 510-8937
(866) 883-1272 Toll Free (NC & SC)
(919) 783-9184 Fax

In fact, don't even comment on this post unless you have called to inquire FIRST. Keyboard warriors can have the day off.

UPDATE: Keep track of our most recent coverage about Tekenya Wooten.

Reader Comments (32)

Ok this is DAMN sad BECAUSE I LIVE IN DURHAM, NC and have not heard of this missing child. Yes I listen to the nees and yes I read the Durham Herald newspaper errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr jesus!

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterw. page

http://www.heraldsun.com/tools/siteIndex/sitesearch.cfm

Pregnant girl, 12, said to have run away

This is the only paper article on Oct 21st

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterw. page

I called the Charlotte AP office and was directed to David Scott at the Raleigh office. I spoke with Mr. Scott, asked him about the lack of courage, and he responded that he had not heard about it and that was why there was no story. So I told him I would send him some info. I just sent him the following e-mail with links to more information on the story.

I'm no Gina (you're kind of like my hero), but I hope we see something soon. If not, feel free to blow up the Raleigh AP lines and ask for David Scott.

Mr. Scott,

Here is information on Tekenya Wooten, a 12-year-old African-American girl, who is 8 months pregnant and missing.

http://blackandmissing.blogspot.com/2008/10/missing-12-years-old-and-8-month.html
http://www.whataboutourdaughters.com/2008/10/why-in-the-heck-isnt-somebody-looking-for-tekenya-wooten-12-yo-8-months-pregnant/

I hope this story can get some exposure, as this girl is in a great deal of danger given her age and her physical state.

Thank you for your time

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRCA

RCA, you rock! You don't have to be me. I don't think the world could handle more than one me. If you go back to the origin of this blog, my point has always been that each of us can make a difference.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

Just called Mr. Scott, he advised that the police believe she's simply run away again, given that she's done so in the past. I can certainly understand that they can't give news coverage to every child who runs away. But I find it problematic that they don't believe this is worthy of additional coverage, especially given the wall to wall coverage we typically receive when someone who is pregnant disappears. Even if she wasn't missing, surely someone should be concerned about the fact that this TWELVE YEAR OLD IS PREGNANT!!!

That is all.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRoslyn Holcomb

After lurking for the past year, I am making my first comment. I just called the Charlotte division and I was transferred to the Raleigh AP division. I was told that David Scott had just spoken to someone else about this story (probably RCA) and was following up on the story. I told the young lady I spoke to that we will monitor the AP's coverage closely and will follow up with more phone calls and letters if there is no AP coverage. She asked if we were part of an organization following such stories and I told her about WAOD and its mission.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterodnune

Is the family or the community making a big deal about this? Did they call any community activists or churches for help? Those protestors who are standing outside of Caylee's home is also why they are getting attention.
I also read an article that stated that white women who were pregnant by a black man had a greater chance of maternal homicide, I thought the article was racist but since black women have the same issue that it could be true.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNaima

I got the same answer Roslyn got. I asked Mr. Scott what wasn't foul about a 12-year old, 8-month pregnant missing child. I doubt I'll get any satisfactory answer, but I ranted at him anyway.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRCA

"Since the VAST majority of those who impregnate teen girls are men over the age of 20."

Prove this.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteruptownsteve

I sent you a message on Twitter, I don't know if you got it.

I suggested that you send a message to @amberalert to see what their response would be.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAroundHarlem.com

Uptownsteve, she cited her source right there in the post. I worked social services for more than a decade. In that time EVERY pregnant teen I dealt with was impregnated by an adult male. Some of them were as much as 20 years older. It is well known in social services that statutory rape is a major contributing factor in teen pregnancy.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRoslyn Holcomb

Obviously, law enforcement is the actual problem here. They're the ones who have to ask for the Amber alert. I don't understand the criteria for asking for the alert, but simply the fact that this child is this far along and missing should be grounds to put out an alert for her.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRoslyn Holcomb

Roslyn

A California report from 1990 does not prove her assertion.

Although it does serve the purpose of someone with an agenda.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteruptownsteve

"In that time EVERY pregnant teen I dealt with was impregnated by an adult male. Some of them were as much as 20 years older. It is well known in social services that statutory rape is a major contributing factor in teen pregnancy."

Did you report them to the police?

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteruptownsteve

As a sexual abuse investigator I had as many of them incarcerated as humanly possible.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRoslyn Holcomb

Uptownsteve,

Here are a couple of more recent sources citing statistics similar to those mentioned in this post:

http://www.unitedwaymilwaukee.org/Teen_Pregnancy.html

http://www.childtrendsdatabank.org/indicators/100StatutoryRape.cfm

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRCA

I first called Charlotte and then called Raleigh. First spoke to Barbara then spoke to David. They said that they have a reporter keeping "an eye on it." They also said that she was a young girl from a group home that runs away constantly. We shall see what happens.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLorMarie

I also read an article that stated that white women who were pregnant by a black man had a greater chance of maternal homicide, I thought the article was racist but since black women have the same issue that it could be true.--Naima

Naima,

If possible, can you send me a link to that article? I've been trying to find more info on that.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLorMarie

I suggest ignoring Uptownsteve as his "agenda" is obviously to move the discussion away from what we can do to help this young girl and is more interested in protecting the image of men.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZabeth

I suggest ignoring Uptownsteve as his "agenda" is obviously to move the discussion away from what we can do to help this young girl and is more interested in protecting the image of men.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZabeth

Zabeth

I'm all for trying to find this young girl as well as any missing child.

What I don't like is gratuitous male bashing and demonization by angry, bitter, deprived females.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteruptownsteve

UptownSteve,

The information shared here has not been gratuitous male bashing; it has either been culled from actual studies and statistics or personal experience and has been described as such.

Why would being honest and proactive about an issue make someone an "angry, bitter, deprived female"? What is your basis for a statement like that?

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRCA

Thank God for this blog...every time I read a story about a missing Black child or the unrelenting abuse of Black women, it makes me cringe. I work with an organization that helps women to leave sexually oriented businesses (prostitution, dancers, escorts, phone sex) and for the most part, 12 is the magic number. Most of these women either had their first trick or sexual encounter at the age of 12 and some before. The information you are providing is vital and you are doing good work here!

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbtweenus2001

So AP is monitoring the situation. He said he's received 15 phone calls and I thought he sounded less than entirely helpful as well. Tekenya was already in peril being that she's 'living' in a group home. It was even mentioned on a Law & Order SUV episode that the females who live there are preyed on by pimps and other older men who want to take advantage of them.

And to Uptown Steve: If you haven't engaged in such behavior then you don't need to make it a personal issue or attack the women who come here to help. Do your part in making things better.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

Monitoring the situation?! Is that the best they can do?? I'm going to send a bunch of faxes to them with the girl's poster. They are definitely not getting it. I am a grown woman, 6 months pregnant and can barely walk around, I don't know how they figure a 4 ft 5 100 pounds 8 months pregnant and TWELVE years old can survive out there by herself. She is very vulnerable to whatever comes her way. And someone said earlier about the prostitution, they got that right, I can just imagine her going to turn her first trick and getting hurt or killed right after because of her physical state.

I don't give a damn if she is a habitual runaway from a group home, find her and lock her down if you have to, but for the love of God FIND THE GIRL before someone worse find her!! Operation Fax the Hell out of these Peeps -starts tomorrow!

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeidra

Don't these numbnuts realize that by definition a pregnant 12 yo is a high-risk pregnancy? She could go into labor at anytime. Goodness only knows what type of scumbag she's with.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRoslyn Holcomb

And look, we got a missing teen couple who got an Amber Alert even there's really no sign of abduction. The only reason they gave was that the girl "just the type of girl that kept in constant contact with her parents when she was out. " Don't make me bring up Chioma Gray, she was the type of girl that kept in constant contact with her parents, and she was abducted by a fugitive but no Amber Alert for her! I'll never understand the Amber Alert Criterias...

I'm going to do a study on it, so far, 8 months pregnant and 12 years old - not enough to issue an amber alert. You have to make contact with your parents every day and just stop - enough to issue an amber alert. Smh, I'm confused.

This is the article:

http://tinyurl.com/5b3n4v

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeidra

Deidre,

Make sure you send one to me. Tomorrow my focus will be law enforcement and the government bureaucracy This"crime bulletin" that the detective sent out. Reeks of CYA. Just post a crime bulletin and his work is done.
I tracked down the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of the Chief of Police, City Manager, Mayor and entire council. I need to figure out which state agency had custody of her since the reporter indicated that she was in a group home.

They weren't counting on the fact that somebody would care about what ends up happening to this little girl. They are about to find out that WE CARE!

I suspect she is with "family" or the "father" and those could be one in the same.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

This is sad. It breaks my heart.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSonya Armfield

wow is all i can say

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDantresomi

instead of saying wow and so sad email cnn and other news agencies people. be proactive

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterc.s.

By not issuing an Amber alert and basically ignoring the girl's disappearance 'because she's a runaway', the authorities are insinuating that 1) she chose to leave so she should have to suffer the consequences, 2) she is not important enough to go to all that trouble for, and 3) even though she was staying in a group home, they have no responsibility for her welfare. The morality of our law enforcement in this circumstance is highly questionable. Equality under the law.

No wonder the poor girl ran away.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterredjuniper

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