I do not think this story was necessary to write about. It unnecessarily
provokes worry and fear where it does not need to exist. This girl was found
safe and no crime was committed against her. Let us focus our
efforts in the media towards those who go unreported who are being harmed.
Having the mental capacity of a 12-13 year old makes a lot more sense, as one
can easily understand letting a 12-year-old wander downtown Salt Lake
unaccompanied (as I did at that age, without a cell phone). Maybe someone said
her capacity was five years behind her chronological age, and the reporter
Actually, her school teachers and therapists say that she has the mental
capacity of a 12-13 year old. The misinformation about her being mentally 5 is
wrong and has totally twisted this story into something it isn't.Perhaps someone in the media will be willing to talk to her school and verify
this because most readers won't believe me?
I'm happy to hear that she has returned home. I can only imagine the
torment her family was experiencing while she was gone!
If she functions at the level of a 5-year-old, she has more issues than just
being bi-polar. Glad she is home safe.
Why no details on what happened?It bugs me a little when the family,
the police and the media ask the public for help, and then when they are
found... you hear nothing. At least this time they told us she was found.
But no info on what happened.I think if you ask the public for help
and they help you find her, then there should be a public explanation of what
happened.I have to agree that leaving a 5 year old alone at the mall
every day to take care of themselvs doesn't seem wise. Especially if they
I agree with @splitme2, If she is bi-polar and functions at such a low level,
why was she simply dropped off? Where were her parents? They should be charged
with child endangerment.
When I was 5 years old, my mom dropped me off at the front door on my very first
day of school and watched me walk inside. What she didn’t see was that I
walked straight past my new Kindergarten class, through the school and right out
the back door. Why I did that, I haven’t the foggiest idea. That was over
50 years ago in a completely different age. How anybody could do anything
remotely similar to that in this day and age is beyond comprehension. Who drops
a 5 yr. old off anywhere unaccompanied and expects everything to be just peachy?
A lot of us were worried about this kid. I'm glad she is safe.
If she functions at the age of a 5 year old; why is she dropped off in Salt Lake
by herself? That would not make any sense to me-I would keep better track of