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Pregnant girl found after search in Durham

Posted October 24, 2008

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— Durham police announced Friday morning that a missing 12-year-old girl has been found unharmed.

Investigators had been searching for Tekenya Wooten, whom they believe ran away from her home at 3529 Manford Drive, since Saturday.

Tekenya is eight months pregnant. 


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  • ksh33 Oct 24, 2008

    twc- if a person is missing, wouldn't you need to know what see look like in order to find them?

  • ksh33 Oct 24, 2008

    this young lady ran a way from a group home. I am sure there were problems in the home and poor parenting, which could explain why she is pregnant at 12. If you haven't had the opportunity to work with our youth of the day, I encourage you to volunteer in a elementary or middle school. Kids are more sexual than ever. Why? Poor parenting. charity begins at home, plain and simple. Wanna bet she is perpetuating a vicious cycle of teen pregnancy? Instead of asking why, let's just pray for her!

  • Vietnam Vet Oct 24, 2008

    I think we're all missing the point here. We're talking about a 12 year old girl here, who's about to give birth to a child. What the devil is a 12 year old girl (or possibly 11 at conception) doing having unprotected sex, or any kind of sex for that matter, in the first place!!! There is something seriously wrong here!!!

  • ECU Alumni 06 Oct 24, 2008

    Who knows what happened but if a girl runs away there is something off. It's heartbreaking to hear stuff like this. May God give her courage and strength. Too young to understand everything too.

  • peacebee Oct 24, 2008

    It is entirely possible that there are no parents to blame. Fortunately she is in the hands of people who can help her now.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 24, 2008

    NO ONE should judge this little girl. She cannot decide between right and wrong. She can, but she doesn't have the power to decide in many cases. Its not the little girl we should judge, its the parents. There are cases where the parents would not be to blame. But in every case, someone should be in jail. If the girl was 17 or 18, OK, I understand. But if she is younger than that, I blame the parents for not taking proper care of their child. I don't see any case where the parents aren't to blame, or someone should be in prison. Knowing parents today, its a 90+% chance its the parents. And don't blame this on economy, government, minority groups being held down, etc. Plain and simple, BAD parents.

  • 5lb_Possum Oct 24, 2008

    There is not a lot of information given in this report or the one before it. A lot of assumptions are being made though. If she was 12 when she got pregnant and the father is 15 or less then no crime has occured. We don't know anything about her parents or why she is not with them or even if she even knows them so not much can be said on that. It is true that you can not control a child or be with them 24/7. You can lead them in the right direction but in the end they are going to make their own decisions about things. Just because she is too young to be a mother doesn't mean she necessarily needs to be separated from her child completely. It would be nice if both her and her baby could be adopted together by an able and caring family. It's not a perfect world.

  • twc Oct 24, 2008

    My granddaughter told me how in the 5th grade during sex education they were taught how to put a condom on a banana. That's about the age this child is. I guess during the education they forgot to tell them the banana was not the threat.

  • celong Oct 24, 2008

    12 year old pregnant girls are not that uncommon. I have 2 at my school.

  • momeeee Oct 24, 2008

    Kids at this age think "I can do what I want - you can't stop me" - I don't see a little angel. I hope I am wrong, but...