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Missing Roanoke Rapids mother, daughter found; mother charged

Posted April 24, 2012

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— A missing Roanoke Rapids mother and her 7-year-old daughter were found in Maryland Monday night, according to police. The mother is charged with child abduction.

Olia Cornelia Voorhees, 32, and her daughter, whose name was not released, were found in Montgomery County around 11 p.m. The girl was not harmed, police said.

Voorhees' mother has custody of the girl and reported her daughter and granddaughter missing Monday. The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert, officials said, because Voorhees is believed to be cognitively impaired.

No other information was released.

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  • lisa4 Apr 26, 2012

    The Woman...........child is 7 years old not days!~~

  • MrsPage1989 Apr 26, 2012

    How could the grandmother have custody of a 7 day old child? Did the custody battle start BEFORE the child was born?

  • dakjlmk2 Apr 24, 2012

    What bothers me, is that people whom in her case are obviously impaired mentally, that we arrest them and lock them up. Rather than spend the states money getting help for this person, we are going to spend the states money locking her up, trial lawyers, etc... There comes a time when the right things have to be done in order to try and save someone. Shoving them back into a broken system is not the answer. The system that tries, convicts you and then when you are out, society never gives you a chance, because you have a record, you can't get a job, can't rent an apartment, etc... They system is broken, lock the bad ones away, execute the ones who take a life and in instances like this, get the person help!

  • wd43stp123 Apr 24, 2012

    I am well aware of the eugenics. I was hoping someone would make an outcry about it, demanding restitution. All around. Terrible situation.

  • anneonymousone Apr 24, 2012

    wd43stp123 wrote, "The government should form a board that reviews folks like this and decides for them if they're fit to reproduce."

    A. There's already oversight like that for driving, and that doesn't always work out so well. That's not the fault of the government, but because people are notoriously difficult to predict.

    B. Eugenics (forced sterilization) was already tried in many places and at many times. It has a profoundly ugly history.

    C. We are all just one accident, illness, or reaction to medication (or lack thereof) away from the kind of impairment that should preclude parenting.

  • sunshine1040 Apr 24, 2012

    Why is this Mother even having children. She does not have custody and something tells me she is not paying child support either,

  • halfpint1552 Apr 24, 2012

    I still don't understand why there wasn't an amber alert first! Isn't it more important that the child was found? I don't know about you but I take amber alerts a lot more seriously than silver alerts.

  • pantherfan Apr 24, 2012

    Don't authorities search immediately for "Silver Alert" missing people? Isn't there a "24 Hour Waiting Period" for "regular" missing people. Do loved ones claim "cognitive impairment" in order to get the search started immediately, even if they are "normal"? I bet so.

    tafpirate

    Missing is missing. There is no 24 hr waiting period. That kind of thinking is why some missing people are never found. People watch too much tv.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 24, 2012

    So glad the grandmother has the granddaughter back in her safe arms. The daughter was cognitive and the grandmother had custody. The mother needs to get her act together and leave the welfare of her child to her mother who has legal custody.

  • tafpirate Apr 24, 2012

    Don't authorities search immediately for "Silver Alert" missing people? Isn't there a "24 Hour Waiting Period" for "regular" missing people. Do loved ones claim "cognitive impairment" in order to get the search started immediately, even if they are "normal"? I bet so.

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