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Sherlock Dec 17, 8:36 a.m.
Joyce said after authorities arrived to her home that Child Protective Services wants her to have a mental evaluation. I read that she had already been evaled by DSS. Something is not right here?
nymamiyankee Dec 14, 4:51 p.m.
the mom seemed more than a bit confused when i saw her on the news..she was rambling about what her husband had done to her arm..seemed like she was a bit "off"?
JAT Dec 14, 4:43 p.m.
paulej - doesn't say. the broadcast gives more info than the written story.
anonemoose Dec 14, 4:40 p.m.
Somebody commented about the Silver alerts being misused. I can assure you that they are not. Unlike Amber alerts, they actually have criteria THAT IS FOLLOWED rather than bowing to knee snap reactions of hysterical or vindictive parents who have seen nothing but AMBER ALERT and demand one even through it does not actually qualify and the supervisor knows it is much easier to issue a false alert than to explain why their doesn't qualify.
The public sees waaaaaay to much on TV and believes it to be real. Like some news casts.
Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 14, 4:31 p.m.
Cheez - "Ridiculous! Don't the police have more dangerous criminals to pursue than mothers taking good care of their children. Geez!!"
Do you know this mother personally? To know that she does indeed take good care of the boy?
No one seems to know that.
That's what bothers me.
Besides CCPS, where is the child now?
Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 14, 4:30 p.m.
dollibug - "Actually this could be exactly right....sometimes attorneys and judges just kind of *overlook the child/children*....and what is best for them....they allow a parent to do whatever the heck they want to do....IF you have not been in this kind of situation....YOU HAVE NO CLUE....I didn't until I heard/saw it myself...."
The child still lives somewhere with someone who feeds them, clothes them, etc.
Who IS that in this case???
Who called the authorities to get the Amber Alert?
Why didn't the authorities ever go to the mother's house? In the time it took them to get there, once alerted by a news reporter, she could have killed the child a thousand times over if she's dangerous to him which no one has stated at all.
In fact, the reporter said she seemed concerned and generally in shock over the whole thing.
cheezchicken Dec 14, 4:29 p.m.
Ridiculous! Don't the police have more dangerous criminals to pursue than mothers taking good care of their children. Geez!!
Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 14, 4:28 p.m.
Very strange story! Because she and the father recently broke up, it makes me wonder if the father didn't set the authorities on her in some kind of revenge.
Praying for the child!
paulej Dec 14, 4:26 p.m.
"karma: this wasn't a fake amber alert. the mother was NOT supposed to have the child." --JAT
Who is? The child live with foster parents?
southerntalent Dec 14, 4:15 p.m.
she picked him up at school early am and the alert didnt come out till last night?
Scubagirl Dec 14, 4:06 p.m.
very strange story. right & left hands just CAN'T keep up with each other.
sjb2k1 Dec 14, 4:05 p.m.
who put out the alert?
JAT Dec 14, 3:59 p.m.
karma: this wasn't a fake amber alert. the mother was NOT supposed to have the child.
clinton28328 Dec 14, 3:55 p.m.
who called the police in the first place to create the amber alert?
dollibug Dec 14, 3:27 p.m.
****So the sheriffs department says neither the mother nor father have custody of the child, but they don't know who does have custody? Yeah, right. Something seems kinda off about that!
Actually this could be exactly right....sometimes attorneys and judges just kind of *overlook the child/children*....and what is best for them....they allow a parent to do whatever the heck they want to do....IF you have not been in this kind of situation....YOU HAVE NO CLUE....I didn't until I heard/saw it myself....
kbo80 Dec 14, 2:54 p.m.
Now who is going to arrest and evaluate the sheriff department? We would all like to know that. You put an alert out without doing an investigation. Are they volunteer police officers? I would be ashamed to say I worked for them or that I was married to an officer.
bige9999 Dec 14, 2:54 p.m.
So if you committ a crime in Hoke county and want to hide from the sheriff, you should hide at home.
Issac Ishmed Dec 14, 2:49 p.m.
I see this story has been rewritten but the writing style/quality is still just bizarre...
Karmageddon Dec 14, 2:16 p.m.
I'm getting tired of these fake amber alerts. They don't need to come on cable tv and talk about it over top of he program. I've missed hearing the end of two shows lately because they keep repeating the descriptions of these "missing" kids. I can read...just run a banner across the bottom or top of the picture.
johnbs48 Dec 14, 1:10 p.m.
This sounds like idiotic beauracracy at it's best. They took the mother into custody? Why? Now they want her to undergo a mental evaluation? The stupidity of the "authorities" is amazing!
bdazul34 Dec 14, 1:03 p.m.
This story sound just like mine.It happened 7/2008, I went to the doctor,thought I was having a stroke,blood pressure really high.One hour after i get home, I'm greeted by 2 police officers,taken to the hospital and committed illegally,without warning or explanation into the so-called behavioral health facility.Point there is a problem with the state of North Carolina as a whole,taking people children and filing false psychiatric claims against people.This is doing nothing but providing the crazy psychiatric doctors the agenda to take control of you and your child.There is a whole lot wrong with this story.There is no mention as to why the boy was being taken.And #2 the mother and boy were home several hours,no police,no lights,or action.Lady get yourself a good attorney and sue the state of north carolina.
TB Dec 14, 12:59 p.m.
Who posted the alert?
smokeybear Dec 14, 12:53 p.m.
WRAL makes me sick to look at them. They are the most clueless news reporting station there is.
dsdaughtry Dec 14, 12:51 p.m.
in all honesty, WRAL news integrity has gone way downhill over the past decade. This site is more like a "post first, research later" board. I used to think that WRAL was my source of credible news for my area. However, based on several botched stories provided by WRAL i may seek going back to the newspaper.
Paul Parker Dec 14, 12:49 p.m.
So the sheriffs department says neither the mother nor father have custody of the child, but they don't know who does have custody? Yeah, right. Something seems kinda off about that!
obs Dec 14, 12:46 p.m.
They need a new system outside the "Amber ALert". Call it the "Semi Alert", and reserve it for domestic custody issues. And also give it a button so you can turn it off. Permanently.
cb100 Dec 14, 12:43 p.m.
I think Child "Protective" Services need a mental evaluation. They have tramatised this child, put him in an unsafe enviroment at the detention center. And, they don't even know who has legal custody of this child.
takeabathgreg Dec 14, 12:42 p.m.
Sounds like a top notch police force they got there. Pride of the Carolinas no doubt!!
Cock a doodle doo Dec 14, 12:12 p.m.
I saw the Ambert Alert scrolling across the screen last night and just thought how awful. Then the WRAL news comes on and Bruce Mildwurf is talking to the Mom. She didn't seem to be crazy to me; just the opposite, she was baffled at the situation, but totally coherent in her manner and speaking. Seems more like to me the School and Sheriff's Office made some big blunders that probably cost a lot of resources across the state. It just seems more bizarre that a Sheriff's Deputy would not have been dispatched to the home in the first place, if anything, just to be stationed there in case of any activity.
harmstrong4 Dec 14, 12:10 p.m.
most screwed up story I have read on this board.. and I still dont know if something wrong was done. Who has custody of the Child if the mother or father doesnt?
dsdaughtry Dec 14, 12:09 p.m.
this is proof that the Amber and Silver alert system is being used like "crying wolf".
allsmileshere Dec 14, 12:05 p.m.
this lady has been set up for sure!!!! I would love to see the reporter's face when she answered her door.
JAT Dec 14, 12:00 p.m.
Ken D - the kid could have been walking to class or to the bus and she called out for him. Maybe he walked to and from school each day and she stopped and picked him up. It may have nothing to do with school security.
allsmileshere Dec 14, 12:00 p.m.
davisgw Dec 14, 11:50 a.m.
Typical dysfunction under Peterkins leadership, or should I say lack of leadership.
Uhavenoclu Dec 14, 11:46 a.m.
Think whoever reported it should be arrested for false reports. The police s hould be done about them for not going to the home and investigating. Go to the doctors check to see.
And the child protective services should get their paranoid faces out.they like other services just want to make a name for y themselves and do more harm then good
Rebelyell55 Dec 14, 11:44 a.m.
Rsponse for WRAL, that a first me on here.
Ken D. Dec 14, 11:36 a.m.
"News 14 Carolina reports neither of the boys parents have custody and aren't supposed to pick him up from school."
Then why did the school allow her to take the boy? They are supposed to have pretty strict policies against that sort of thing.
babbleon Dec 14, 11:07 a.m.
There's more details elsewhere, there are other issues in the household. The quote I saw was that Mom took Pacen from school and he was 'not considered safe with her.'
Could be, or could be someone trying to set her up. It's for the courts to sort out, I'm afraid.
yellow_hat Dec 14, 11:07 a.m.
HAHAHAHA - this is rich. One would think the cops might have just dropped by the house to see if she was home. That sheriffs dept is a joke. I am sure they will spin this so the Mom looks crazy.
aprilhunter220 Dec 14, 11:06 a.m.
Sounds to me like the Sherrif's office messed up. Why did it take 17 mins. for them to get there after WRAL called them? What a bunch of dopes.
JAT Dec 14, 11:04 a.m.
This is first article that EVERYONE has agreed on - it's just plain confusing!
GeorgiaPeach70 Dec 14, 11:00 a.m.
Okay, I am totally confused...Why? is it illegal for this mother to pick HER son up from school? Why was she "Amber Alert-ed" She, "has been home since picking her son up from school and taking him to the doctor..." Okay, then to pick her son "up" from school she obviously had to "drop him off" and, someone from the school OBVIOUSLY had to contact her to inform her that HER child wasnt feeling well, right? There is a huge chunk of this story that has been left out, by WRAL...Very poor reporting...I need some coffee, this is very confusing...
Response from WRAL.com:
We have many of the same questions and will have a reporter on this story throughout the day to dig into the family situation that led to the alert and the official response. Please stay tuned!
IPayYouPay Dec 14, 10:59 a.m.
I heard on WTVD, the mother upon being arrested "He called and said take him, take him... (referring to the father).... so I did, I didn't do anything wrong." Looks to me like "dad" may be setting out to frame "mom". If this is true, poor children; someone's always using the kid as a pawn to do something against the other. Wow. If so, "dad" should be ashamed of himself.
raleighmom Dec 14, 10:58 a.m.
News 14 Carolina reports neither of the boys parents have custody and aren't supposed to pick him up from school.
immaannoid Dec 14, 10:46 a.m.
Great, WRAL makes the Hoke County Sheriff's Office look like knuckleheads and the are going to take it out on the mom.
Bob3425 Dec 14, 10:39 a.m.
This article is a trick, if it makes sense to you then you are a confused person and if not after you read you will be confused.
jockeyshiftspringer Dec 14, 10:33 a.m.
stephen_78 said: "@wigi - bio-dad. that's nice. i'm a dad and that's insulting to be referred to as a bio-dad."
pappybigtuna1 said "what is a bio-dad? I raised 2 children, am I a bio-dad?"
Wow, Over sensitive today gentlemen? I'm a father too, and this doesn't bother me in the least. There is nothing wrong with being a bio-dad a.k.a., biological father.
AMazeder Dec 14, 10:31 a.m.
"WHAT?? Who wrote this horrible article? There is NO information here. Please fill in the gaping holes."
It's not the writer's fault. The authorities haven't released the details. WRAL *found* the "missing" boy and his mother at the mother's home, and everything WRAL has reported is from what they witnessed at the home. There are a LOT of unanswered questions here.
AlwaysAmazed Dec 14, 10:30 a.m.
I'm thoroughly confused.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03