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What Kind of Person Would Hurt a Child?

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Not even a teddy bear can protect a child against a would-be abductor.
WILSON — Brittany Locklear's kidnapping and murder are the topic of conversation inoffices and homes all over the state right now. A Question manypeople raise is: "why would anyone hurt a child"?

A group of Wilson women have never met Brittany Locklear, but the littlegirl's kidnapping and murder still hits close to home. Each of them saysshe thought about her own child as details of Brittany's abductionunfolded.

"I can't imagine what would possess someone to do something so horrible,"says mother, Lauren Green. "It is just so hard to conceive that anyonecould hurt a child."

William Edwards is a psychotherapist. He agreed to talk with WRAL ingeneral terms about this type of behavior. He is also a parent.

Edwards believes the person who committed the crime was an emotionally sickperson with an obsession toward harming children.

He says this type of "victimizer" is typically angry at someone in hispast, and sees a child as a tool to act out those feelings.

"He would think totally different than we do," explains Edwards. "Hewould use the child as a victim, seeing her as an object to be used byhim."

In spite of the horror of Brittany's abduction, Edwards says parents canlearn from it and to talk to their own children about being very careful.

As investigators search for evidence of Brittany's killer, parents all over our state say they'll hold their own children a little closer tonight.

Dr. Edwards wants to make it clear that he is addressing this type of behaviorin general terms only. He says only the suspect or suspects know the realmotive.

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