Tag Archive | missing children

New Blog – New Dream Realized

I’m so blessed beyond that I’m really a bit emotional today. Why?

It has been my dream always to create something special for and because of children. Anyone that knows me knows that I am extremely passionate about the safety and welfare of our children. I believe that we are a community of villages, and like Secretary of State of the USA , Ms Clinton reminded us that it takes an entire village to raise a chil., We need to become a village here at WordPress Blogs so that missing children and adult’s details are spread across the Internet.

The blogging community is a village. As a village we strive to take care of our children, to keep them safe and harbored from storms.

Another blogging friend and I have both seen the promise of great empowerment with blogs, the people we reach out and touch through blogging. We put our minds together and have created a new blog that will help empower our village. The reality of the power of a blog is what struck us both. And how could we better use that power for children’s sake. With deep concern and prior postings about missing children on both our blogs we saw the dream. We saw the power of the people. You.

You Bloggers have an incredible power at your fingertips, and with your computer. Reblogging posts of lost/missing children and adults that you find posted here has the potential of being seen by thousands. In those thousands there may be the one person who spots the face of one of our missing kids and reports it. Strangers bringing missing children home. What  a novel idea.

My wish today is that you take some time to check out cobbie69’s and mine new blog called “Bring Them Home!

 Like the title says we are in the business of trying to spread the word about missing people, and how to keep our families safe.

Check it out now right here:


Just a small self-serving note: I want to thank Gerry for all his passion, hard work, and committment to helping me make this blog and this dream a reality.

Thank you my good friend! ~ Lady Tj

Credit for all Graphics. Gerry from Gerry’s Space.


Humble Me ~ Reader Appreciation Award

My weekend is starting off with a big bang!  A Huge Thank You Shout goes out to my sister blogger, Judith at Diabetic RedemptionJudith has very kindly blown me away by awarding me The Reader Appreciation Award.

Is this not just a gorgeous award badge?

I think so~

Judith manages to lift me up when I am down, to bring sunshine to me when there are clouds over head instead. If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Judith on her blog I encourage you to take a few minutes and go introduce yourself.

You can find her here at: http://diabeticredemption.com/2012/05/18/awards-and-thanks/

I was unable to find much information about this Reader’s Appreciation Award however I did find this brief quote by another blogger who was also gifted this recognition of award. This lovely award was created by Jennifer Avventura. Her reason for creating this award is a novel one indeed, and as she is quoted saying:  “I’m giving an award to those that have made this past year of blogging worthwhile. You have kept me on my toes, left comments, advice and tons of encouragement. For this I am grateful. Thank you.”

I feel like this is a most sincere sentiment behind an award, and for which I happily accept the much cherished thoughtfulness on Judith’s behalf. Thank you Judith, you rock my soul!

Now To The Requirements of the Award

1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
2. Be thankful.
3. You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me.
4. Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
5. If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay too. Just admire it.

  • I am doing my thing backwards, to my own liking if you will. If a Barefoot Baroness cannot change-up the rules now and again what is the point of being a Royal Baroness? And being Barefoot?  I want to take this spot, this time, to properly thank my benefactor. Miss Judith. I have been humbled by you more than I can express, your constant unconditional support towards my writing (just among the many others) has been a constant source of love that I draw from daily. Thank you my friend from the deepest recesses of my heart and soul.

  • I am an extremely grateful person in all ways of my life. There is no other way for me to be, I could not relate to life or the people in my life if not for my gratitude’s towards them. The big things, the small, I am grateful because each blessing in life brings my way new lessons and wisdom’s that help guide me through a world that can get pretty complicated along the way. I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and loving Thanks to all my family, “framily,” friends, and all of my “biblings” here in my blogging home at WordPress. 

  • Six (6) Blogging friends? Really? Just 6?

Okay, here is where it gets tough. Because there is not one person that I follow who does not deserve this award too. Now I don’t have a huge groupings of bloggers I follow anymore. In the beginning when I was so young and naive I clicked on everyone’s follow button like it was some popularity class in Jr High school. Since I became completely overwhelmed when losing just one week of being able to write & comment I realized that being able to nurture the friendships that are significant for me, and to write what I need to get off my chest could not happen if my head was constantly under water trying just to keep afloat. Priorities change. 

In that spirit I am going to award this award to my six bloggers. I have decided to do this somewhat different from maybe expected, I am naming bloggers who I don’t know well only because we have just met, or bloggers who I am not aware of them receiving this award already as that is one of the rules. One which I will not take the authority to change. I also have blogging friends who I do know well, who have not received this award, ones who certainly should be awarded. But because I happen to respect their wishes to not accept awards I will not send this their way.  You know who you are;  and I hope you know too just how grateful I happen to be for you, and all that you share with me and this world.

And the Drum Roll please….

  1. http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/
  2. http://isobelandcat.wordpress.com/
  3. http://2mhttp:/
  4. http:/caddoveil.wordpress.com/e4art.com/
  5. http://catbirdinoman.wordpress.com/

And for Number Six ( 6 ) I have decided to change my mind. I am woman; I am strong and that is my prerogative. 

I have decided that Gerry from Gerry’s Place @  http://cobbies69.wordpress.com/  is  a blog writer who I also appreciate so much.

Can I just mention that one of Gerry’s aspects that I truly adore is his passion and devotion for missing children. As many of you know I am a child advocate and the thought that this kind of thing could happen in my community leaves me numb with fright. Gerry and I have began posting posters and detailed information about missing and abducted children, We have a shared passion that involves passing these missing children’s sweet smiles around WordPress so that we may find even just one child to bring home to their waiting families.

Can you help? Oh yes you can!  I’m so glad and grateful that you asked. We would so appreciate your help in this. Re blogging when you see a blog about a missing child is a way that you can help and help yourself from un-numbing your feelings involved regarding this issue. If you know of a missing child or person and have not seen us post it here on my blog or Gerry’s please feel more than welcome to contact one of us, or even better yet post it yourself. Then if you would kindly notify one of us so that we too may re-blog …..

Again Thank you Judith, and thank all of you for your devotion and faith in me and my blog! involved.

©tjhelser 2012

Please Say It Is Not So

Please say it’s not so.

Please do not tell us that the news tonight regarding Isobel Celis was so awful. Please say that it’s not another parent being looked at as the only suspect. Please….

 This is not to say of course that I am wishing for other circumstances to be in place instead. I wish for this sweet angel to be home with her family. That is all. Is her family asking for too much?

Please scroll down to the copied post from a CNN Blog for information or an update to understand my bewilderment and outrage.

Over and over it’s a mom, it’s a dad, a grandparent, an uncle, aunt, cousin, or sibling that are taking our children’s lives along with the child predators that are strangers to the child. These thieves of our children’s lives are their family, who they should be able to trust.

What is wrong with our world? I don’t mean this as a rhetorical question. I really want to know. I want to figure out how to fix it. Are we just hearing about more children being lost by the hands of someone in their own family and family friends?  Or are we really losing more and more children to people who are suppose to love and protect them? 


God helps us.

From Nancy Grace’s Blog at CNN   Posted  by:

911 calls from Isabel Celis case released

In a 911 call released Monday, Sergio Celis calmly informed a dispatcher that his 6-year-old daughter Isabel had disappeared from her bedroom in their Tucson home.

“I need to report a missing child. I believe she was abducted from my house,” he said. Asked why he believes she was abducted, however, he responded, “I have no idea.”

On the morning of April 21, Celis called 911 to report that Isabel was gone when he went to wake her up and her bedroom window was open with the screen laying the backyard. “My sons are running around the house looking for her,” he said.

According to Celis, the family got home from his son’s baseball game around 10:30 the previous night and the kids went to sleep soon after that. He told the dispatcher he had been watching TV in the living room at midnight and “never heard anything weird.”

“I was like just on the other side of the wall from her,” he said.

Isabel’s mother Becky had already left for work when Sergio Celis called 911. “I just called her. I told her to get her butt home,” he said.

In a separate 911 call, Becky Celis sounded more emotional and at times panicked as she tried to explain what happened.

“I went to work this morning at 7 and I just, I didn’t even come in and check on her. I should have checked on her,” she said.

Becky Celis told a dispatcher she had put braided ponytails in Isabel’s hair before she went to bed. She said Isabel was wearing an Old Navy American flag t-shirt and navy blue shorts when she last saw her.

Isabel’s 14-year-old brother also spoke to the dispatcher.

“Someone broke in and grabbed her,” he said, adding that it looked like the screen was taken off her bedroom window.

Also on Monday, police confirmed that there has been a voluntary agreement between Sergio Celis and Child Protective Services that he will stay away from his two sons. They would not say what led to that decision.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor cautioned reporters at an afternoon press conference not to read too much into the development and said it is not indicative of a specific path investigators are pursuing.

In local and national media interviews, Isabel’s parents have both denied having any involvement in her disappearance.


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We’re In Search Of….

Speaking with a brother blogger it came to our notice that an entire, albeit sad demographic ,could be benefited by our blogs. Missing Children. Just think about how if I post,repost or “Reblog” the face and facts about a missing child and my brother blogger does the same (actually he started this) and you do the same, and then so and so does so on his/her blog etc etc…. Can you imagine?

Tonight how many babies and children are not asleep where they belong? How many faces of children did you see today that are strangers to you?  Is is possible? Could it be?

How would we even dream it possible without the facts and photos?

So here is my challenge today, this Sunday April 30th 2012. If you know God forbid, of a  missing child share with us. And if you don’t know one thank God and now help us spread the facts and shining faces of those we do know about. Blog it.  Post it. Repost it. Reblog it!

We can be force folks, if we put our energy together. Ever wanted to be a child advocate?

You just start here.

With little Gabriel

Gabriel Johnson / Elizabeth Johnson

Posted: 04/16/2012  • By: ABC15.com staff, wire reports

PHOENIX – Jurors won’t get to hear a statement by the mother of a missing Arizona baby in which authorities say she told a police detective that she killed the boy in Texas, a judge ruled Monday.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Paul McMurdie issued the ruling regarding the upcoming trial of Elizabeth Johnson, 25, saying her constitutional rights were violated when a San Antonio detective interviewed her in a Phoenix jail without her attorneys being there or even knowing about the interview.

“It was inappropriate, and I would go so far as to say an un-American-type of thing to do,” Johnson’s attorney, Marc Victor, told reporters after the hearing, which Johnson chose not to attend. “This is a real slap in the face of the Constitution and our justice system.”

A San Antonio police spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment about the ruling.

McMurdie declined a request by the lawyer to dismiss all the charges based on the constitutional violation.

Johnson has pleaded not guilty to child abuse, kidnapping and custodial interference in the case of her missing son, 8-month-old Gabriel.

Investigators said Johnson drove the boy to San Antonio from Tempe in December 2009, stayed about a week then took a bus to Florida without him. She was arrested Dec. 30 in Florida and returned to Arizona.

Gabriel has never been found, and police still don’t know if he’s dead or alive.

During an hours long interview with San Antonio police Detective Jesse Salame in a Phoenix jail, Johnson said she killed Gabriel, authorities have said.

Victor said Salame used coercion to get Johnson to make the statement and that his tactics included getting her shackles removed, comforting her throughout the interview by patting her shoulder and leg, and saying that her defense attorneys weren’t looking out for her and didn’t have the same kind of power he did.

Victor also said Salame only recorded parts of the interview and at the time, Johnson was still viewed as mentally unfit. She has since been found competent to stand trial and assist in her own defense.

 “This is the kind of thing you would

expect to see in a Third-World

country,” Victor said. “This is not the

kind of thing you would expect to see

in the justice system in Arizona.”

Johnson has provided conflicting stories about what happened to Gabriel. Police say she texted the boy’s father that she killed Gabriel and put his body in a trash bin. She later recanted and said that she gave him to a couple in San Antonio.

Johnson’s statement to the boy’s father, Logan McQueary, could be used at her trial.

McQueary, who detectives do not suspect in the boy’s disappearance, also was in court Monday in a separate case. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of theft and was sentenced to a year of probation.

Tammi Peters Smith, a north Scottsdale woman who had been seeking to adopt Gabriel from Johnson, is set to be in court Tuesday for opening statements in her trial on charges of felony forgery and conspiracy to commit custodial interference related to Gabriel.

Associated Press



Detective Says Elizabeth Johnson

Admitted Killing Baby Gabriel

In an audio recording obtained by CNN affiliate KPHO, a San Antonio police detective reportedly told missing baby Gabriel Johnson’s father that the boy’s mother admitted to killing him when he interviewed her in jail last summer.

According to KPHO, Detective Jesse Salame called Logan McQueary and attempted to explain why he questioned Elizabeth Johnson without her attorneys present—an action that the defense has tried to use as a basis for dismissing the kidnapping case against her.

In the recorded call, Salame reportedly states that Johnson said she killed the 8-month-old child because “she was frustrated with everything and frustrated with you and frustrated with Tammi [Smith]” and she didn’t want either of them to get custody of Gabriel. KPHO also reports that Salame claimed he was close to getting her to tell him where Gabriel was when her attorneys interrupted them.

On Monday, Johnson refused to attend a status conference in Maricopa County Superior Court where a judge scheduled arguments for March 1 on her attorneys’ motion to dismiss the case. A supplement to the prosecution’s response to that motion was ordered sealed, along with their objection to Johnson’s waiver of appearance at court hearings.

Johnson has been charged with kidnapping, child abuse and custodial interference in connection with the disappearance of Gabriel, who was last seen with her in San Antonio on December 27, 2009. Though she initially told McQueary, her boyfriend, that she had killed Gabriel and thrown his body away in a diaper bag, she has since maintained that she actually gave him to an unidentified couple in a San Antonio park. Authorities have found no evidence to support that claim.

Also on Monday, a letter that Johnson wrote to Judge Paul J. McMurdie in December was entered into the record. In the handwritten letter, she acknowledges that contacting him is probably “inappropriate” but she is “against conformity,” and she does not care if her attorneys disapprove of her behavior “because I believe in myself and my case.”

Johnson complains about the “dreadful mugshot” that “’they’ love using” and the “great negative ‘stigma’” that the media has placed on her. She says that she hopes the judge—who she hears is “not the best, nor the worst judge I could have”—will give her a fair trial despite all of that. Still, she states that she believes that the legal system is “corrupt, unfair and unjust,” based on her experience so far.

Johnson closes the letter by telling McMurdie that “I am not what ‘they’ say I am. Not in the least! I will tell you what I am; I am love! And not one drop of cowardice runs in my blood! I was not born in vain, nor will I die in vain. (I may have lived in vain)”

Two other letters were filed with the court on Monday. In one, a former San Antonio telecommunications official claims to have evidence of criminal activity within the San Antonio Police Department that he says taints anything they are involved with, including this case. The second letter is from Elizabeth Johnson’s “Religious Advisor” at Maricopa County Jail, who says that Johnson has been “completely cooperative and responsive,” has “manifested willingness to learn and grow” and “manifests a spirit of genuine kindness and concern for others.”

Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/mother-of-missing-baby-gabriel-to-be-in-court#ixzz1tQDxfxIV

British Missing Child Case Update

No new leads in Madeleine McCann case, Portugal police said.

April 26, 2012|By the CNN Wire Staff

Portuguese police have found no reason to reopen an inquiry into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann during a 2007 family vacation in Portugal, a senior police official said Thursday.

Pedro do Carmo, deputy head of the Portuguese police, told CNN an independent team of detectives had been sifting through the evidence from the initial investigation for the past two months.

They “have found no new evidence that might provide the basis for a reopening of the investigation,” he said

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