Today brings a tragic update to the kidnapping of Adriaunna Horton in Golden City, Missouri. Sadly, the 12-year-old has been found dead. Bobby Bourne Jr., 34, has been arrested and charged with the kidnapping. In a horrifying twist, he is also someone Adriaunna's father knew.
James Horton told reporters that he was a neighbor for a time and also that he worked for Horton doing a construction job. This tragedy has similarities to the Hannah Anderson kidnapping that was also committed by someone the family knew, albeit in the Anderson case, he was a close family friend. Still, it does go to show that "stranger danger" is a reality, but that many times these crimes are more likely to be committed by people we know.
It's terrifying, really. The details of this case are particularly sad, too.
The reason Horton was at the park with her sister and friends was to celebrate the new school year. It's a time of such exciting promise and a new beginning and then, just like that, it was taken away.
Witnesses said they saw her get into a car with a man who was in the park asking children for help finding his daughter. In other words, Horton was trying to help this man and, as a result, she's dead. Ninety minutes later police found a vehicle that fit the description and arrested Bourne, who was driving alone with no sign of little Adriaunna.
It's just so sad. What are we supposed to tell our kids? Never help anyone? Even people who you kind of know? Who wants to explain the world that way. And yet, we have to. Maybe the lesson is just to tell them never to get into the car. Help, sure. But keep it public.
Maybe there is no lesson at all. Maybe this is just a horrible tragedy and something that is ultimately isolated. My heart goes out to his father and I hope he takes some comfort in the fact that his daughter had such a big heart.
Do you tell your kids about danger from people they know?
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