Search Continues for Two Iowa Girls Abducted in the Small Town of Evansdale, Iowa.
A child abduction has got to be a parent's worst nightmare. Lyric Morrissey, age 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, have been missing since July 13, 2012 when they left for a bike ride. A purse, along with their bikes were found on a bike trail by a nearby lake. FBI agents have been searching for the Iowa girls, even going as far as to partially drain the lake after search dogs picked up their scent nearby. But as of this writing, the Iowa girls remain missing.
Missing Iowa Girls Officially an "Abduction Case"
As the search for the missing Iowa girls ensues, in the meantime a judge has restricted one of Lyric Cook-Morrissey's parents. Daniel Morrissey has been placed in a supervision program before trial on two different drug cases. Daniel Morrissey will be checking in with a parole officer as a result of the pre-trial supervision. He is charged with methamphetamine possession, delivery and manufacturing. In addition, his wife, Misty Cook-Morrissey has a history of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine, along with theft and alcohol-related charges.
Earlier this week, Daniel Morrissey walked out on a polygraph test because he was insulted at the questions he was asked about the two missing Iowa girls. Understandably, the Morrissey's have hired an attorney and are not answering questions by law enforcement, which according to them, have stalled the search.
Keep Your Child From Being Abducted
Be aware of your child's capacity to protect him or herself. Young children are especially vulnerable. Sexual predators know that young children crave attention and will go to great lengths to get the attention of your child. It is possible to teach a child safe habits, but in the end it is you that protects them.
Do not let your child run around in public. Teach him or her to stay with you. Depending on the age, you can explain to them that most people are good, but some are not. I know I told my child that I didn't want anyone to steal him from me. That seemed to work without scaring him.
Teach your child your phone number and address. Practice reciting both often. In addition, be sure your child knows both you and your partner's full names, not just "mommy" or "daddy."
Stress with your child that if he or she is going outside or leaving the house at all, that they need to check in with you. If going to a friend's house in the neighborhood, get the other mom's phone number. Have your child check in from time to time.
- Teach your child who "safe" adults are if they cannot find you. In other words, a store clerk, police officer or another mom can help them. Point out those people when you are out and about so the child is reassured.
A Mother's Thoughts
The missing Iowa girls case is proof that whether we live in a large city or small town, child abduction is possible. As exhausting as it is sometimes to keep track of our children, we need to be diligent (no matter what age) in knowing where they are at all times. It is also beneficial to reinforce what our schools teach about "stranger danger." Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Iowa families and we are hoping that the missing girls will be found safe and sound.