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Boy found after leaving Raleigh mental health facility

Posted October 23, 2012

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— A 9-year-old boy who walked away from a mental health treatment facility in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon has been found safe, police said.

Drake Veit was reported missing from Ray of Hope, at 2900 Kidd Road, around 2:30 p.m.

He was found shortly after 4:30 p.m. 

No other information was released. 

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  • laurenrhennrich Oct 25, 2012

    They are.. I believe that there is a middle/high school upstairs but mine is younger and on the bottom floor. From what I have seen, this program does more harm than good. There are a few people there that truly care but for the most part you can tell its just a job for them. Whats worse is that this program was highly recommended by wcpss. If this is the best they can do for our very special children we try so hard to protect then we are in big trouble.

  • anderson Oct 25, 2012

    My daughter does go here and I DO CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO HER!!! SHE IS NOT ONE STEP AWAY FROM JUVI AND I RESENT THE PEOPLE HERE WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. I do not approve of this program Wake county made me put my daughter in it. It is a daycare for problem children. They do not care about our children all they care about it money.

    This is why I said "a lot" and "most"...not all. You are right, it is a daycare for problem children, but many (not all) of the children there are quite violent...more than one (or two) of the staff have been sent to the hospital after being attacked by these kids...the ages range, I think, from about 6-18

  • laurenrhennrich Oct 25, 2012

    My daughter does go here and I DO CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO HER!!! SHE IS NOT ONE STEP AWAY FROM JUVI AND I RESENT THE PEOPLE HERE WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. I do not approve of this program Wake county made me put my daughter in it. It is a daycare for problem children. They do not care about our children all they care about it money. This program is funded by Medicaid and I will personally make it my mission to get North Carolina to pull their funding for this program.

  • anderson Oct 25, 2012

    How does a 9 year old boy escape from a "facility"? Who is watching these kids? Or maybe, who is not watching these kids?

    A lot of these kids are one step from being in juvi

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Oct 25, 2012

    If there was no security kids would be wandering away all the time. One kid finding a way out does not mean it is not secure enough.

  • Diva RN Oct 24, 2012

    halfpint1552, you'd be surprised at how severely mentally ill and sometimes dangerous kids can be by this age. I did my psych nursing rotation partially in a pediatric unit, and a lot of them were there BECAUSE of their parents!! Obviously I don't know the facts in this particular case, but I can say that after that experience, I believe that some children are born with almost NO chance to have a good life.

  • kimsstressed Oct 24, 2012

    puzzled, I said I believe you 100% Why are you so upset with my post? I think you read it wrong.. I didn't say anywhere in there that you lied.. I was just making the point that it is too hard on the providers to keep the children safe (especially mentally challenged), when they can't even have a fence on their property...

  • puzzled Oct 24, 2012

    kimsstressed
    October 24, 2012 12:00 p.m.
    I don't lie. I have no reason to. Go look at your state run facilities. People screamed and the fences were removed a few years ago. I read that one left the Butner institution and was gone a few days before he was found in a church. Go look for your self. Your are right in one part of your statement. You cannot take care of them if you can contain themin a safe area.

  • puzzled Oct 24, 2012

    I'm glad they found this boy and he's safe; isn't there any security at this place so children can't just wander out the door?! I'd be pretty upset if I were his parents.
    larterl
    October 24, 2012 9:19 a.m.
    I used to work for a mental health facility and people (not understanding i suppose) raised such a stink because there was a small fence around the area to prevent wandering, yet allowing the people to go outside that the fence had to be taken down and allow people to wander where they wanted to go. So it is the public opinion who caused this and not the worker or the facilities.

  • halfpint1552 Oct 24, 2012

    He was probably looking for his parents. I would be scared to death if I was 9 yrs old and in a mental health facility!

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