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Pregnant runaway found in Durham

Posted October 31, 2008

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— Durham police located Tekenya Wooten Friday, one day after she was reported as a runaway for a second time in two weeks.

Wooten, 12, is 8 months pregnant. She has been under the supervision of the Lenoir County Department of Social Services but has been placed in Durham.

She was first reported missing on Oct. 18, and a Durham police officer found her unharmed on Gordon Street Oct. 24.

On Thursday, Durham police again reported that she had run away.

"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," he said.

Tekenya was listed as voluntary runaway, so her disappearance did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, Hodge said.

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  • Adelinthe Nov 3, 2008

    This child needs to be placed in protective custody until the child is born.

    The authorities need to work towards finding out who got her pregnant, and they need to be charged to the limits of the law regarding that.

    Praying for her and her child.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Homeward Oct 31, 2008

    Regardless of how that beautiful child got pregnant it's the present and future that CAN be controlled. I say they should severely restrict her until her baby is safely born and placed with responsible adults. The baby must be protected from his/her mother's immaturity.

  • Wolfpack7070 Oct 31, 2008

    She should write a book to help support the new born baby

  • teacher-mom Oct 31, 2008

    Why isn't this child in school? Maybe she needs to go back to Lenoir county. It is apparant that Durham DSS is not doing a good job here.

  • skewlteachrmommy Oct 31, 2008

    Because she is in DSS custody, the baby will remain in their custody upon birth because the mother is a minor. If she is proven unfit she will lose parental rights. The only happy outcome that might occur is if a foster parent took the girl and the baby together but that's a whole nother ballgame!

  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 31, 2008

    Has it ever occurred to some people that she may have been sexually abused and raped by an older man or perhaps even her father or brother or if she was in a foster home by someone there and not because she fast and grown up and maybe she is running away because she is scared of something like that happening again to her or maybe she is 12 and has had this happen to her and she just doesn't know what to do. We don't have a full report of what is going on and we will never know. Hopefully they can place her somewhere and where she can maybe speak to a counselor or even psychiatrist to keep this young girl in place.

  • peacebee Oct 31, 2008

    A lot of assumptions are being made...the PD has stated that state laws prohibit them from stating certain facts related to the case...I bet they know whether or not she was a victim of rape, or whether her parents are to blame...IF there are parents, or IF there is an adult that needs to be charged..or IF perhaps the father was a minor himself...or IF there is perhaps some deeper emotional issues going on. Sometimes laws tie the hands of those who try to help.

  • PTA mom Oct 31, 2008

    for the sake of the unborn baby lock her up until she gives birth, please.

  • meh2 Oct 31, 2008

    Statutory rape, anyone?

  • keeprightexcepttopass Oct 31, 2008

    This poor child probably doesn't even know how to be a 12 year old. Since we don't know the situation that led to her pregnancy we can only speculate. Hopefully, the child will be given up for adoption to loving, responsible, financially capable parents. But, as most things work around here, she'll probably get to keep it and draw off us taxpayers for the next 18+ years while the "daddy" has zero accountability.

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