Missing and Murdered Children
Margaret O. Hyde
Reading Level: Young Adult
The number of missing children has recently been estimated to have approached
million. While some children are kidnapped by pedophiles or, more often, noncustodial
parents, others either run away from abusive families or join the ranks of "thrownaways,"
children literally discarded by their parents as infants or forced to leave homes where
they've become emotional or financial burdens. As violence, drug use, and inadequate
parenting skills threaten to exacerbate the crisis, advanced computerized networks and
high-profile cases such as those of JonBenet Ramsey and Polly Klass have increased public
awareness, offering hope where once there was only helplessness. By blending real-life
scenarios with generally well documented data, this volume employs a format that helps
advance its purpose: to stir the emotions of readers who have been numbed by the overwhelming
of the problem. Though initially a bit discordant, the text builds strength and
momentum as cited cases become increasingly poignant. An extensive list of helplines and
Web sites at the end offers hope that in the future children might be better protected
against such tragedy.
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