20 Missing Child Cases That Shocked the Nation (PHOTOS)

Child abductions are first and foremost a parent's worst nightmare, and some of the most gruesome and well-publicized cases captivate and horrify the country as massive searches get under way. Some cases grow cold, or worse.

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These 20 missing child cases made national headlines and, in some cases, prompted legislation. They also terrified us. A few ended in the victim's rescue; others remain unsolved.

 

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