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Pregnant runaway found in Durham

Posted October 31, 2008 11:35 a.m. EDT
Updated October 31, 2008 1:17 p.m. EDT

— 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.