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Pregnant girl reported missing in Durham

Posted October 30, 2008
Updated October 31, 2008

— Durham police were searching Thursday for a pregnant 12-year-old girl who has gone missing for the second time in two weeks.

Tekenya Wooten was last seen on Garret Road around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. She was wearing a black flight jacket, black shirt, blue jeans and black Nike shoes.

Tekenya might be in the areas of Maple, Glasson or Gordon streets.

Tekenya was reported missing on Oct. 18, and a Durham police officer found her unharmed on Gordon Street last Friday.

Officers said that Tekenya is under the supervision of the Lenoir County Department of Social Services, but has been placed in Durham. State law prevented them from releasing more about Tekenya's situation, they said, but officers said they are concerned about the girl's safety.

"Laws related to juveniles limit what can be done and said about this case. Tekenya has not committed any criminal act as far as we know," Deputy Police Chief Ron Hodge said.

"We are concerned about her safety and the safety of her unborn child. We are asking anyone who sees her to contact us."

Tekenya has been listed as voluntary runaway, so she does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, Hodge said.

Anyone with information about this case or Tekenya's whereabouts should contact Detective T.M. Ochman at  919-560-4440, ext. 289.


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  • Weetie Oct 31, 2008

    some male and some parent(s) need to spend time in jail.

  • FromClayton Oct 31, 2008

    i'm still saying, if a 12 year old gets knocked up, there should be a man in jail... A 12 year old can not and should not be able to give concent for sex...

    Also, check into that place she is staying...must be pretty bad for her to keep running away...

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 31, 2008

    Thanks for the give and take!

    Thank you. Just be the best you can be. That is all you can do. Remember you are the one person. :)Have a great weekend.

  • jannita Oct 31, 2008

    Thank you-I certainly do! I think that it is possible to be passionate without being nasty about it. It is nice to be able to engage in a spirited discussion in an intelligent manner. And it is much easier to respect each other's opinions when they are offered that way! Thanks for the give and take!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 31, 2008

    Nice to meet a person who show respect to one commenter to another. I appreciate that and wish I could see more of that. I feel I have gain a friend today and hope you feel the same. I salute you to be a good concern social worker and wish there were more like you.

  • jannita Oct 31, 2008

    "But I do social services can do a much better job even if it means hiring and training more people."

    Now THAT I can agree with!!! I can also agree that not everyone does a great job-as with any profession, there are good eggs and bad eggs. It just isn't fair to criticize the whole kit and caboodle. But my initial point was to draw attention to the fact that while people are quick to point the finger at DSS, they are not aware that DSS has no "teeth" to enforce the things they want them to enfore (putting children in locked placements, for example). Only the Department of Juvenile Justice and high level mental health placements can accomplish that, which is as frustrating for the DSS workers as for anyone else. Well, it is election time-be sure to notice which candidates are endorsed by NASW (National Association of Social Workers). Maybe that will help get more and better trained social workers across the board!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 31, 2008

    So again, don't tell me you know. I have been there. I know.

    Calm down, no use in running your blood pressure up. You talk what you know and I talk what I know. One person do not know everything; including me and you. But I do social services can do a much better job even if it means hiring and training more people. Have a good afternoon. :) Oh, you are that one person. I was speaking as a whole. But thanks for your nice input. :)

  • jannita Oct 31, 2008

    You've got to be kidding. Unless you have spent time in the trenches, you DON'T know better. I spent 12 years as a foster care worker, 3 as a line worker and 9 as a supervisor, in Durham County, thank you very much, and had no fatalities on my watch. I had a very committed and caring team of staff who worked 60 hour weeks to ensure that the kids on their caseloads were well cared for, protected, and had the best possible outcomes. In fact, I traveled to the projects of Philly on my own time on one occasion to track down a run away and get her back to Durham. I had social workers at the emergency room until 2:30 a.m. trying to get kids hospitalized to ensure their safety. I had others doing weekend checks, even on holidays, just to make sure the kids were okay. And this was while they were paid 20% less than others in comparable positions, with caseloads well above the state standard. So again, don't tell me you know. I have been there. I know.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 31, 2008

    When WRAL have new news on this story they will bring it forward for the public viewing. I appreciate all that WRAL do in bringing us the news, whether here on the computer, radio and television. There was an updated story so those of you that have not seen it, check it out, the article is there. Have a good afternoon.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 31, 2008

    I keep seeing that the 12 year old girl has been found. Is this true WRAL? If so, how about an updated story instead of keeping us all in the dark think the young girl had not been found. What is the truth to this story? WRAL it is on your shoulder. We will be waiting for the story. Thanks.