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Editor’s Message Hello Community, Were you aware that a child is abducted every 40 seconds in this country? Moreover, did you know that over 40% of these children are African American? If not, you are not alone because few people are aware of this epidemic. The truth is that African American children receive limited media coverage when they go missing. Sadly, without this exposure it is less likely that they will be safely found. The staff at Peas In Their Pods works diligently to spread awareness about this issue by alerting media outlets as needed when African American children are missing or abducted. Our mission is to make communities aware of the plight of these children, and to make them a national priority. Since its inception in March of 2007, Peas In Their Pods has garnered a lot of attention from radio shows, newspapers, and magazines. The momentum is definitely growing. However, your help is needed to help find these missing children. We ask everyone to help us in this crusade, because..It's Everyone's Job To Save Our Children!!!

The faces of all these children highlighted in this publication are the reason why Peas In Their Pods exist. Think about this, each of these families wonders every second of the day about what happened to their children and why. It is our responsibility to look closely at each of these children in hopes of maybe someone has information on their whereabouts. We need your help in addressing policies that exist in locating our missing children to ensure that no matter color, race, gender are given the same visibility as the next child throughout all media outlets. The Peas In Their Pods Organization post alerts and updates on a daily basis, there is not a day that goes by when word of a missing child is sent out in hopes of being found or prevention methods are instantly put into place. As stated above...Over 40% of African American Children are abducted every 40 seconds in this country, these numbers represent reported abduction; staggering statistics, too many..absolutely..!! Thank you for taking the time to view P.E.A.S. the magazine, for supporting Peas In Their Pods, for building future coalitions in saving our children. Sincerely,

Denise Bethune Editor-In-Chief Whitesboro, New Jersey


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance — Missing Since: — June 2, 2001 from — Baltimore, Maryland — Classification: — Endangered Missing — Date Of Birth: — February 11, 1987 — Age: 14 years old — Height: 5'9-5'10" — Weight: 130-140 lbs. — Hair Color: Black — Eye Color: Brown — Race: Black — Gender: Male — AKA: — Chrissy; Some agencies may spell Beard's first name "Steven". — Case Number: — 2001-5F02573


SHALOMIEL SOLEL Case Type: Family Abduction

Case Number: NCMC1121292

DOB: Oct 16, 2005

Sex: Male

Missing Date: Apr 25, 2009

Race: Black

Age Now: 3

Height: 3'0" (91 cm)

Missing City: CARSON

Weight: 34 lbs (15 kg)

Missing State : CA

Hair Color: Brown

Missing Country: United States

Eye Color: Brown

Circumstances: Both photos shown are of Shalomiel. He may be in the company of his mother and father. They are believed to be in the local area.


PARENTING CORNER Gaétane is a certified School Psychologist who works closely with the inner-city youth and their parents. She is an advocate of children’s rights and strives to help parent achieve healthy, harmonious, and emotionally stable environments for their children. She is a sought after media consultant, and often featured in print, radio, and television. Gaetane President of PEAS.

What do you do when your child is a picky eater? My four-year-old will not try anything new. He loves to eat rocks… Sara C So many parents have the same concerns Sara! As parents, we want to make sure that our children have a well balanced diet filled with fruits and veggies. However, we inevitably discover that kids can be picky and finicky eaters. The best thing to do is to not make a big deal out of it. Instead, try to make meals and recipes fun. For example, organize the food on the plate in silly and creative ways. Use cookie cutters to shape sandwiches and vegetables into cute forms like stars, hearts, or animals. Also, try having him help you prepare his meals because he is more apt to eat something that he “created.” The only concern that I have about your son’s eating habit is that he likes to eat non food items like rocks. This is troublesome because this can cause serious medical issues. I would definitely encourage you to speak with your son’s pediatrician about this. How do I know if my child is being sexually abused... Concerned Parent If you have even a slight concern…. Ask….Ask….ASK! But keep in mind that oftentimes children will not admit to caretakers that they have been or are currently being abused. However, their behaviors are very telling. So be attuned to any changes. Young children will often regress by wetting the bed, sucking their fingers, not eating. Elementary school age kids often demonstrate excessive fear of certain people, masturbate excessively, have nightmares, and will withdraw from people. In the teen years, kids may become promiscuous, experiment with drugs, be depressed, and may also have suicidal thoughts. You should be concerned if you see any of these behaviors, and begin asking questions. I always tell parents to trust their instincts. If your son or daughter tells you that they have been abused, BELIEVE THEM! It is extremely rare for a child to lie about this. Keep in mind that the way that you react to this will help determine how your child will heal. Tell them that you are proud that they had the courage to tell you, and that it was not their fault. They really do need to hear this! In addition, make sure that they receive counseling to address their trauma because it will have life long ramifications if not treated. Have a parenting question for Gaétane? Email her at and have your question or concern featured in our next issue!


Case Type Endangered Missing Case Number

Jenae Beverly Blackwell DOB: Dec 16, 1991

Sex: Female

Missing Date: Mar 1, 2005

Race: Biracial

Missing City: DEL CITY

Height: 5'2" (157 cm) Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)

Missing State : OK

Hair Color: Brown

Missing Country: United States

Eye Color: Brown

Age Now: 17

Circumstances: Child was dropped off at a shopping mall to meet friends for a movie - last seen wearing blue jeans and a red shirt and blue coat and a gold chain. Jenae has a scar on her 6 left calf.

Jermaine Smith is an American playwright, director and producer. Born and raised in the rough streets of East New York, Brooklyn, Smith's childhood has shown him the raw view of drug addiction, death and a fractured family structure. Smith was born to a mother addicted to drugs and a father who died of Cancer when Smith was 4 years of age. He spent the first twenty- seven years of his life living in without God and in confusion...- It was the deep valley's and trials in his life since the age of eight that birthed the passion for writing, and a desire to share with the world his pain. In October of 2003, Smith's two year old nephew, who was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia at birth, experienced a normal fever and was wrongly determined as having a “ SickleCell attack” and doctors provided him with the wrong medicine, which put him in a coma that he never woke up from....It was through that experience that God opened his Mother's eyes to “be born-again” as she gave her life and her addiction to the Lord.... Smith decided that day that he would join suit and follow this God, that healed his mother and turned a tragedy into healing for his family. Smith has been saved and also growing in the Lord for the last six years and felt lead to share his healing and story of forgiveness and restoration with the world. His mother has been clean ever since she gave her life to the Lord. To date his play “ A Piece of Me” has lead Seventy-Nine souls to

contact: Jermaine Smith

Christ! Smith and his mother are an every day

email: c. 7183445529


work in progress, destroying the resentment and bitterness that once was. Not only do they converse, they together live in God's love and unfailing power to restore.


Case Type: :


DOB: ???

Sex: Female

Missing Date: Jul 31, 2008

Race: Black

Age Now: 10

Height: 4'2" (127 cm)


Weight: 92 lbs (42 kg)

Missing State : VA

Hair Color: Black

Missing Country: United Eye Color: Brown States Case Number: USVAVA08-269—Circumstances: Nikijsha was last seen on July 31, 2008. She may be in the company of an adult male in South Hill, Virginia. She may have on a gold necklace with a pink stone. 8

Home Cookin’ with Sharon Fox ( Southern Hospitality) July is a month of family reunions, cook-outs, and friendly

POTATO SALAD (using red

gatherings. The best part of getting together, is cooking together! The best way to strengthen a family unit, whether it be a single parent family, a full household, or just meeting up at "Big Mama's"- is to make your way around the kitchen and through the back yard to the grill. Make memories with your family and the people whom you hold closest to your heart. Never take anything for granted, because more and more often we are finding that our closest friends and relatives are passing away. Sometimes by natural causes, sometimes by great tragedy...we are losing our families. So please, take some time out to enjoy the ones you love. Here are a few of my favorite family recipes for our summer gatherings! Remember, every time you gather with your loved ones, always thank the Lord for giving you one more chance to love and appreciate them!! You never know if that will be your last chance to see one of them. I love and appreciate each and every one of you, and I pray from the bottom of my heart that God strengthens your families and our communities. Sharon Fox ~Southern Hospitality~ LEMON MERINGUE PIE 1 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups water 2 lemons, juiced and zested 2 tablespoons butter 4 egg yolks, beaten 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked 4 egg whites 6 tablespoons white sugar Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). To Make Lemon Filling: In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in butter. Place egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of hot sugar mixture. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into remaining sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat. Pour filling into baked pastry shell. To Make Meringue: In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar gradually, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pie, sealing the edges at the crust. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown. 9

skinned potatoes) 3 pounds unpeeled red potatoes 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 2 tablespoons milk 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar 1/2 cup sliced green onions 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 cup sliced celery Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add red potatoes, and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool and chop into 1 inch cubes. Place in a medium bowl. Place eggs in a medium saucepan, and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil, and immediately remove from heat. Cover, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and dice. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, distilled white vinegar, green onions, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the potatoes, and mix together with the eggs and celery. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator approximately 2 hours before serving.

BAKED BEANS 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 12 ounces ham steak, trimmed and diced 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3/4 cup maple syrup 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3 (15 ounce) cans baked beans with pork 1 tablespoon yellow mustard kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the onion, and cook until soft. Mix in the ham and garlic; cook and stir for 2 more minutes. Mix in the maple syrup, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and baked beans. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 45 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the mustard, and season with salt and pepper. APPLE-BBQ BABY BACK RIBS 4 cups barbeque sauce (hickory flavor) 4 cups applesauce 4 pounds baby back pork ribs salt and black pepper to taste cayenne pepper to taste garlic powder to taste Mix the barbeque sauce and applesauce in bowl. Place ribs on a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil, and rub on all sides with the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Pour sauce over ribs to coat. Seal ribs in the foil. Marinate in the refrigerator 8 hours, or overnight. Preheat grill or oven for 300 degrees Place ribs in foil on the grill grate or in oven, and cook 1 hour. Remove ribs from foil, and place directly on the grill grate or on a rack on a baking sheet in the oven. Continue cooking 30 minutes, basting frequently with the sauce, until ribs are done. This recipe is wonderful on the grill, but just in case you get rained can make them in the oven and they taste just as good!!



DOB: Nov 5, 1997

Sex: Female

Missing Date: Oct 2, 2002

Race: Biracial

Age Now: 11 Missing City: COLORADO SPRINGS Missing State : CO

Height: 3'2" (97 cm) Weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)

Missing Country: United States

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Sandy

Case Number: NCMC967694 Circumstances: Destanie's photo is shown age-progressed to 8 years. She was abducted by her

non-custodial mother, Linda Freestone, on October 2, 2002. A felony warrant for Kidnapping was issued for Linda on March 31, 2005. They may have traveled to California. Destanie is Biracial. She is Black and White. Destanie has pierced ears and her nickname is Desi.


CETA Stevie Baggs/President

We offer health seminars, financial workshops, Sports Clinics and Mentorship/Leadership WorkCETA (Creating Empower- shops and life skills... ment through Autonomy) Foundation Inc., is a non- Projects @ CETA profit organization estabLISTED BELOW ARE lished in 2004 for at risk SOME OF THE PROcommunities. GRAMS WE OFFER: We believe that empowerProject STEP ment eliminates dependency. Our objective is to Striving for Excellence focus on the importance of education, assist through Better Perwith developing an attainable skill-set, restore formance an incentive the fundamental sense of self respect, love, program created to target high school students self -esteem and personal dignity perhaps lost with failing GPA’s and FCAT scores. in transit from unfortunate environmental life P.A.S - Parents & Students a series of workshops cycles. CETA, Creating Empowerment created to assist economically challenged famiThrough Autonomy focused on breaking through generational setbacks in economically lies with establishing healthy home environments for children in school. challenged communities. The founder Lola Robinson launched CETA in 2004 while Understanding Politics - A community endeavor working with Orange County Youth and Fam- to assist individuals living in those communities ily Services, in Orlando Florida. Her dedica- with understanding the political process and polition to philanthropic endeavors coupled with cies that directly impact them. her ability to reach the unreachable is the driving force behind the success of the organi- F.I.S.T. - Financial Independence through Structured Techniques, this program offers financial zation. planning, budgeting, eliminating bills, how to The reach of the organization is dynamic the build or re-build your credit and referral progoal is to stay in touch with the pulse of our grams for first time homebuyers. future. To assist with this aspect the board S.A.P.H.- Emphasizing the importance of Sexual members consist of; President- Steve Baggs son and professional football player, Vice Awareness and Personal Hygiene, this program President, Devin Baggs son and professional stresses the importance of physical exams and song writer/singer, Treasurer Perry Robinson, regular doctor visits, AIDS in our community, exExecutive Director Colby Cannon her nephew ercising and healthy eating habits. producer/song writer. All ranging from the age of 19-35 everyone on the board has a commit- Stevie Baggs Professional Football Camp and life skills clinic Financial Economic Challenges (FEC). ment to give back!.. We offer programs such as Project STEP Striving for Excellence Through better Performance. It is an incentive program for stu- 11 dents with failing GPA’s and Standardized

Basic Information Race:





August 2, 1995


5' 6"


105 pounds








Light complexion

Jaliek Rainwalker Additional Information: Last Seen: Date: November 1, 2007 Location: Hill Street, Greenwich, New York .Last Seen Wearing: Jay may have been wearing black hightop sneakers, blue jeans and a bright yellow fleece pullover. Miscellaneous: Jaliek Rainwalker, age 12, has been missing from his residence since November 1, 2007. Jay is possibly enroute to the Albany or Altamont, N.Y. area.


Working with children was never a career goal for me nor was being a social worker. I kind of fell into these positions and realized that maybe I was destined for this type of work, because it has been because of kids that I am now the person I am today.

Another thing our children need is to get involved in more hobbies and activities. I understand that looking at this from a wraparound perspective; it can be expensive for dance lessons and football gear. That again is where the community needs to step up and get involved. We need to get involved and use our talents as adults to guide these children into success. Starting community arts projects and intramural sports teams can be so beneficial for our youth and keep them busy!

I recently finished my Masters degree in psychology and completed my thesis discussing the Wraparound philosophy of care and how we need to utilize a community based plan to keep our kids where they belong – home and with their families. Being a care manager for the past six years I have seen many changes, both positive and negative within the children’s system of care, and know that we have a long way to go to get the needs of our families and our communities met.

Many of the kids I work with always complain about being “bored” and “having nothing to do”. We need to give them something to do and start them young! This could make such a difference to our communities and traditional services cannot assist like these activities for building positive self esteem and keeping kids out of trouble. I have seen it work on a small level but it’s time for us to reach out to the community as a whole to help on much grander scale.

Wraparound takes a strength based non traditional approach to getting needs met for children and families within our community. Wraparound is used when traditional services fail. We look to take the functional strengths of the children and families’ we serve and create an individualized plan to meet their needs. Wraparound is also unique because we look to use informal supports from the community to assist these children in success.

I have seen wraparound work and I have been there for the successes and failures. The greatest success comes from a large team made up of both community supports and paid providers and getting these kids involved with their community and their peers. All children have talents and the ability to thrive, regardless of where they live and whatever obstacles are stacked against them. It is our responsibility to give these children what we had when we were young -- the community that accepted us all and treated us as if we were their own. Services for children and families can be successful but it is a small percentage that fits that perfect cookie cutter mold where it works. We need to focus our energy on those who do not fit and need the most help.

The Celebration Of…. by Michelle Mangam M.A. Psychology

Things are so different now for our kids. The sense of safety and community does not exist as it did in the past. Granted, there are a few tight knit communities still out there where everyone knows each other and all are welcome, but it is rare in today’s day and age. That is what is failing our kids. We need to get back to our roots and meet our neighbors and utilize each other for support. Bring back the community yard sales, block parties and asking your neighbor for a cup of sugar. Our children will benefit from this.

That’s where wraparound is essential for our children and families. It is about getting back to our roots and rebuilding the foundation for these children. Taking small steps towards success and celebrating the positives, regardless of how small and insignificant it may seem. That is why I am still here after all years……to get the chance to celebrate the small and embrace the large achievements.


DOB: Jul 2, 1998 Missing: Jun 10, 2006 Age Now: 10 Sex: Female Race: Black Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Height: 4'3" (130 cm) Weight: 50 lbs (23 kg) Missing From: WEST COLUMBIA SC United States


“This is a Test...This is Only a Test" "This is a test from your emergency broadcasting network"...I'm sure at one time or another we have all heard that test that comes across our television and radio stations as a test from the emergency broadcasting network to test its system in case of a weather emergency. "

Now, take a moment to stop, and think about your reaction when you hear you pay attention to it to find out if there is an actual emergency, or does it annoy you to the point of where you change the station? Now, stop and think about this...when you are going through a storm in your life, what is your reaction? Do you try to ignore it because it annoys you, or do you stop to listen to the message that is in it while you are going through it? Be honest with yourself when you think about this. When you have to deal with a "weather emergency" in your life it is not always because you done something to deserve it, or because God done this to you... I say this because that may be the mentality of many people, generally because storms are hard to deal with. Those "weather emergencies" are things that God has allowed us to go through, only to get us to the point that He wants us to be in. There was a time that even I didn't stop to take the time to think about it in that sense. Sometimes the storms are so heavy that we can't see through the windshield, even with the wipers on, but don't think that you are stuck...sometimes you just have to pull over and let the storm subside some. Pray your way through it when it gets tough...God will keep you through it all, even when it gets rough and you have to pull over, He is there with you, protecting you from the harsh points of it. There is nothing that is too hard for you especially when you keep God as your captain. Even in our walk with Him, there will be storms that we will have to endure that will seem as though we are unable to make it through them, but know that..."This is a test from your emergency broadcasting network...God." "This is a Test...This is Only a Test." Much Love & God Bless, Paula Whitebear-Burton Warriors for Christ (W.F.C) Founder & Coordinator 15


The little skeleton of a five-year-old girl from my first case, I've had that for almost 20 years. We hold on to the relevant part of a skeleton until a case is fully through the appeals process, so with unsolved crimes that's forever"

On December 26, 1983 in Northampton County NC a rabbit hunter discovered the remains of a child’s body. He called the Northampton County Sheriff Department. Sheriff Bob Corry came out to collect the remains. The child’s remains were found behind a rest area on Interstate 95 at mile post 181 one mile from the Virginia Line.

I have dubbed this child as Christmas Jane Doe because she was found the day after Christmas. When she should of have been opening her Christmas presents and enjoying the gift of Christmas and family, she was instead dumped in the woods by someone that murdered her and her remains were found by someone that had to live with this there whole life. I could not imagine the terror of finding a murdered child’s body. For the last 25 years Christmas Jane Doe has been placed in a box and stored away at the UNC Anthropology Department in North Carolina.

This child’s remains were sent to UNC in Charlotte. Sheriff Bob Corry died not long after the child’s remains were found. This case was never investigated and no teletype was ever sent out to any police department, her story was never told in any newspaper.

The person or person’s that killed this poor little child is still walking the streets while one family suffers not knowing what happened to there baby girl. From the autopsy report this child looks as if she suffered trauma to her face and skull as per the finding. Quote from autopsy report “Skeletal Findings: right frontal depressions, left nasal trauma, trauma to the chin/genial area” .

On May 15, 1998 UNC in Charlotte called Northampton County Sheriff office and asked for any information from this case and they had no records of her discovery. It seems as if Sheriff Corry did not make out a report or he took those records with him.

This case has been one of my priority for the last 2 years. I am determined to find out who this child is. Christmas Doe did not deserve this no child does. Someone loved this child and has been grieving for 25 years. As a mother of three I could not imagine having one of my children go missing without a trace. One day someone is going to pay for what they did to this child. I will not stop until she has been giving her name back. I think that we all have a responsibility to help keep all children of god safe, no matter what it takes.

No one at the Sheriff department remembers this case. At the time of discovery the Coroner in North Carolina determined that this was a 4-8 year old child , possible female and possibly African America. In 2008 a piece of bone from Jane Doe was sent in with the Powell family DNA from Northampton County, North Carolina who was missing there sister Phyllis Powell since 1/11/1963. The test came back with no kin match and both were ran into CODIS with no hits.

If you have any information on a child missing from 1982 or before and you may think that she may be Christmas Jane Doe please call Clyde Gibbs at the ME office. Christmas Jane Doe’s case number is 83-844. Clyde’s phone number is 919-9662253.

The ME Clyde Gibbs was also able to determine that this was a female and she was African America but could not rule out that she may be biracial. Clyde also had determined from looking at her case that in order for her body to be in this state that it was in that she would have had to been dead and in this area for at least one year or longer. There are dental records available in her case she had filling on tooth 4 and 29 and Both restorations are occlusal. She could have had a history of chronic ear infection .

I have also set up a Gmail account if anyone would like to send any information or ask me any questions.

Betty D. Brown Winston Salem, North Carolina

Kathy Reichs, forensic anthropologist for UNC Charlotte took Christmas Doe’s remains on the Montel Williams show back in 1999. She did try to find her name but had no luck. Kathy did write about her in her book. "The ones you don't solve are the ones that bug you.


Sweet Nature (HairCare) —By Eddie Summer Hair Care Tips‌!! It's finally summer time and you are probably ready to have some fun in the sun! If you are anything like me, you are likely trying to soak up every bit of summer because before you know it, winter will be here again. I love biking, taking long walks, swimming, or spending all day at amusement parks during the summer months. All of these activities are great for my mind, body and soul, but wreck havoc on delicate tresses if they are not properly cared for. It's just as important to take extra precaution in the summer's sun as it is in the harsh winter's frigid weather. Many people don't realize that the sun dries out the hair and may leave it brittle if it's not properly and regularly moisturized; remember, just because there's humidity in the air, doesn't mean there's automatically moisture in your hair. Here are some tips to keep your hair healthy and flourishing during these wonderful summer months.

Stay away from heating appliances such as flatiron, hot combs, or curling irons. If you MUST use them, be sure to use a heat protectant. Do not wash your hair with hot water; this will dry out the hair. Use cool water instead. Avoid using products containing alcohol, mineral oil, paraffin gel and other ingredients that lead to dry brittle hair. Natural products do not contain these harsh ingredients such as Sweet Nature by Eddie Moisturize your hair daily. Use a light misting spray or natural moisturizer regularly. Always use a moisturizing shampoo that does not contain lauryl/ laureth sulfate. Deep condition your hair after each shampoo. Drink plenty of water to help keep yourself and your hair hydrated. If your hair is natural, moisturize your hair at night and sleep with a plastic cap under your scarf in order to allow the moisture to penetrate your hair.

Keep your hair protected by wearing buns, extensions, or twists to avoid total exposure to sun.

Before plunging into a pool, be sure to coat the hair with either a moisturizer or conditioner if possible. Wear a swim cap, and wash the hair as soon as possible after exiting the pool.

If you are planning to stay in the sun for long periods of time, use a protective sunscreen on your hair before stepping out. Be sure to wash the hair afterwards.

If you follow these simple rules you will be able to enjoy the sun and enjoy your hair.


Michael and Pamela Mayfield Last seen in Houston, Texas on January 10, 1985 Vital statistics: Michael was born on June 6, 1978. Black hair, brown eyes. He stutters and has a burn scar on his right wrist. Was six at the time of the disappearance. Pamela was born on July 10, 1979. Brown hair, brown eyes. Was five at the time of the disappearance. NCIC numbers: M-177620554 (Michael) and M-142424197 (Pamela) Circumstances: The children were last seen walking home from school. Michael was repeating kindergarten because it was felt he was too young for it the first time he attended; Pamela was also attending kindergarten. They were seen playing at a nearby park and later observed getting into a green car with an unidentified man. Classified as Non-Family Abductions. Theories: The case of Michael and Pamela Mayfield is interesting in several ways. For starters, it involves two young children. Both Mayfields were too young to run away and not be found. This means they were likely abducted. The question is: why? Was it for ilicit purposes? Were both children taken and sold to ask-no-questions adopters? Did someone seek the children to raise as their own? Both children could be expected to remember their old lives, s o if they are alive, one may ask, why haven't they called home? Perhaps they believe they were surrendered willingly, that their family no longer wished to have them around. Or they may believe they are dead. Without Pamela and Michael to tell us the story, or someone coming forward, we may never know. If you have any information on the Mayfield's wherebouts, call the Houston Police Department at 713-222-3131. Information used to compile this case file comes from the following resources: The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children The Charley Project The Doe Network


Summertime… and the livin’ is easy… Isn’t that how the song goes? Pattie Fitzgerald has been successfully teaching Child Safety Awareness since 2001. She is the founder and creator of Safely Ever After, Inc. and provides effective, non-fearful safety workshops, seminars, and keynote speeches for children and adults at schools, community organizations, and corporations throughout the United States. She has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN Headline News and MSNBC, as well as KCBS-2, KNBC-4 and KABC7. Her written works have been published in numerous parenting magazines, trade journals, and newspapers throughout the United States. For more information or to book a seminar, visit .Summer

Safety Tips!

1. Talk to your kids before the outing. The rule is that you must always be able to SEE THEM and they must always be able to SEE YOU. Simply put, no wandering around without mom/dad/camp counselor, etc. 2. Use the TWO GIANTS STEPS RULE. Kids can never be more than two giant steps away from you or the adult in charge. (Play this game throughout the outing. It’s a fun way for young children to remember not to roam.) 3. On family outings, have the kids take turns doing a "kid-count" after each ride, activity, or periodically during a hike or walk. This keeps everyone on their toes throughout the day. Kids are more likely to stay nearby and not wander off if they have a “safety job.” 4. Instruct children that they should not be alone in the park or become isolated with anyone, even those costumed characters. They should also not accept any gifts or prizes from anyone unless they’ve checked first with you or the supervising adult. 5. If children do become separated from you, teach them to look for a “safe stranger” who can help: for example, a mom with kids or the cash register person. Avoid telling children to go to the manager or even security guard. It can be difficult for a young child to ascertain who these people are and you don’t want them making the wrong choice 19

Carlina White-Tyson Missing Since: August 4, 1987 from Harlem, New York Classification: Non-Family Abduction Date Of Birth: July 15, 1987 Age: 3 weeks old Height and Weight: 1'9, 8 pounds Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Some agencies give Carlina's last name as White-Tyson. She has a birthmark above her left eye.

White's parents took her from her home in the 3100 block of Broadway to to Harlem Hospital on August 4, 1987 because she had a 103-degree fever. Her mother stated that in the emergency room, she was comforted by a woman dressed in a white uniform. Her mother believed the woman was a nurse. White was was admitted as a patient, placed in the 17thfloor pediatric ward, and given intravenous antibiotics. Her fever broke afterward. She disappeared from her room sometime between 2:30 and 3:55 a.m. She has never been seen again. The woman who spoke to White's mother was not a Harlem Hospital employee and had apparently been loitering at the facility for several days prior to the infant's abduction. Authorities believe it was she who abducted White. The woman is described as being 5'8 tall and 180 to 190 pounds. She was between 25 and 35 years old in 1986. Investigators located and interviewed one possible suspect in Baltimore, Maryland a few days after White was kidnapped, but the woman did not have White and was not charged in her disappearance. White's disappearance is believed to be the only abduction from a hospital in New York City history.

In 1989, authorities stated they believed White's disappearance was connected to the presumed abductions of Andre Bryant, Christopher Dansby and Shane Walker. Bryant, six weeks old, was abducted from the New York City borough of Brooklyn in March 1989 after his mother was murdered. Dansby, 2, and Walker, 1, disappeared from the same Harlem park in May and August 1989 respectively. All of the missing children are AfricanAmerican. Investigators eventually decided that Walker's and Dansby's disappearances were probably unrelated. However, all of the cases remain unsolved and it is unclear what happened to any of the children. White's parents sued the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation after her abduction and obtained a six-figure settlement in 1992. They placed half the sum in trust for White; she can collect the money if she is found by her twenty-first birthday on July 15, 2008. She remains missing and her case is unsolved. New York City Police Department 646-610-6914 Thanks to The Charley Project The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children


Todd Matthews—Media Director (Doe Network) Gaetane Borders President of PEAS interview with Todd Matthews—Media Director for the Doe Network. PITP: Welcome to Peas Magazine Todd! You do so much to spread awareness about the issue of missing and unidentified people. Can you share why this issue so important to you? TM: I think doing this makes my life more complete. I have a great family, can't ask for better. A great job - doing what I want to do. It just feels right, and I truly feel that this is what I am meant to do. I cannot imagine NOT doing this in some form or fashion. PITP: Tell us about “Tent Girl.” Who is she, and how did she impact your life? TM: Her end was my beginning so to speak. My father-inlaw found her remains almost exactly 2 years before I was born. Just a teen when I heard of her, the journey began. After finally running into her family also searching, I found her name was Barbara Hackman Taylor. She was a daughter, sister and mother when she died, and became a grandmother and so much more after she died. My connection to her was strong and unbreakable. That's one of my questions for God, because I'm sure only he can explain the details of that mystery. PITP: What is the DOE Network and how did you become affiliated with this organization?

By this time I already had developed an understanding for the art / science, but until an official told me why he did not have a recon, and that was a lack of money. I knew I had to take things a step further. Doe Network and EDAN are symbiotic in nature. Doe Network is an organization of civilian activists, and EDAN is an organization of professional volunteers willing to donate their craft for free. PITP: What is your advice for people who have a missing loved one? TM: Make sure to report to local police first. That might NOT always be an easy task. You can imagine the short term missing scenarios - back and fourth. I know of people who spent most of their day just opening and closing reports, often very short term missing. If folks have trouble filing a police report, you can look to other sources for advice. An official outlet would be I know you'll get some advice form someone there. Also at an advocate org level, members are happy to help. I'm personally open to e-mails and will offer advice. You have to have your facts straight, be accurate in physical characteristics, and have as many photos as you can possibly gather. You simply cannot have too much information on your missing loved one. PITP: What does the future hold for Todd Mathews? TM: I do plan to continue as an advisory board member of NamUs as well as a Regional Administrator for the south east. Having an "official" role did not force me to give up my volunteer roles. I plan to maintain my duties with Doe Network and various other orgs, like

TM: I saw it in the making and got on early. The seed was sprouting in the Cold Cases Yahoo Group several years ago. A multiple genesis at the heart for sure. People did what they do best and we are now one of the most respected volunteer operated web - organizations in existence.

I still want to continue working with our political leaders to strengthen interest in the cause. Currently, I'm working with ITV Studios (formerly Granada) to develop a television show. I've joined forces with the same team who produces A&E's "The First 48."

PITP: You also started the EDAN organization! How does this organization differ from the work that you do with the DOE Network?

PITP: Thank you so much Todd for all you do to help those in need! We admire your dedication and strength, and look forward to seeing your TV and movie projects in the very near future!

TM: Two things helped me ID the need for EDAN. One - The face of the Tent Girl, and my own lack of appreciation and understanding for the artwork. Two - the realization that sometimes artwork didn't happen because there was no money to do it. As an advocate and a Doe Network member, I was tasked to seek faces for Doe's.

Todd Matthews’s calling to be a voice for missing and unidentified persons began when he solved the identity of the "Tent Girl" case, Barbara Hackman-Taylor, after a ten-year journey that ended in 1998. He is also Media Director for the Doe Network, a consultant on a pending series for Emmy-award winning producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order"), and on the Advisory Panel for the U. S. Department of Justice (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System) database project. Todd has appeared on many national television shows, including "Leeza," America's Most Wanted, 48 Hours, "TechTV," "Good Morning America," and the Paula Zahn Show. Articles about him and his advocacy work have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and periodicals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and People Magazine.


Case Type: Missing

DOB: Sex: Female Missing Date: Dec 11, 2008 Race: Black Age Now: 16 Height: 5'4" (163 cm) Missing City: CHESAPEAKE Weight: 200 lbs (91 kg) Missing State : VA Hair Color: Brown Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Brown Case Number: USVAVA08-341 Circumstances: Keisha was last seen on December 11, 2008 wearing black tights and a gray jacket. She may still be in the local area. Chesapeake Police Department Officer E.M. Payne 757-382-6161


Monthly Tasty Treat—by Pat Holmes

* Raspberry Iced Tea * 4 Quarts water 1 ½ Cups sugar 1 Pkg. frozen raspberries (unsweetened) 10 Individual tea bags 1/3 Cup of lemon juice

In large pan - boil water. Remove from the heat and sin in sugar until dissolved. Add raspberries, tea bags and lemon juice. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Pour through strainer and discard berries and tea bags. Cool and serve over ice.

You can make ice cubes from this recipe and serve with regular tea.


Irwin Yafeth Stewart Case Type: Family Abduction DOB: Jun 1, 2001 Missing Date: Nov 30, 2002 Age Now: 8 Missing City: HOUSTON Missing State : TX

Sex: Male Race: Biracial Height: 3’0” (91cm) Weight: 25lbs (11kg) Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Brown

Missing Country: United States Case Number: NCMC953646 Circumstances: Irwin was abducted by his non-custodial mother, Elvia Ibarra, on November 30, 2002. A felony warrant was issued for Elvia on July 15, 2004. They may still be in the local area or they may have traveled to Mexico. Irwin is Biracial. He is Black and Hispanic. Elvia may dye her hair and she may go by the alias last name Bravo.


Summer Health - Dr. D.K. Aldrich Health Priorities for Summer It is very important that as the summer approaches we ensure that our bodies are properly hydrated. As there are those who take special care to prepare their cars, motorcycles, SUV's, vans, etc. for the specific season, we must prioritize and the most important should be our health.

How else can we enjoy all of the things we love to do?

Drink a lot of water even if you are not thirsty. We feel thirsty when we are actually depleted so a

drink in advance will keep us in good standing. If exercising heavily in hot weather, aim for two to four glasses of water or 16 to 32 ounces every hour. Limit exercise or strenuous physical activity to the coolest part of the day which is early in the morning or late evening. Avoid alcohol, caffeine or lots of sugar as they will cause you to lose more fluid.

Wear loose fitting clothing that's comfortable allowing the material to breathe (cotton) and avoid

dark colors as it attracts heat.

If you work or play when it is very hot, be sure that you find a shady area to cool down for a few

minutes while you hydrate (drink some water).

Be sure to wear sunscreen at all times (SPF 30+). Use an umbrella, or wear a hat with a brim to

keep the sun off the face and head.

Enjoy the fruits of the season. They are great choices for snack time.

Some people have found that they eat less during the summer – terrific. Now is a great time to enjoy small portions of a wonderful salad (light on the dressing), some vegetables, fish and poultry. Now go forth and enjoy! Dr. D. K- Aldrich is the founder of Solutions Health & Wellness. She is also the author of the recently released CD The Day That Changed My Life - Cancer An Uncertain Journey. Dr. Aldrich is a strong advocate for the under-served communities focusing on educating and empowering others with the information they need to improve their health.


DOB: Jun 21, 1992 Missing: Feb 16, 2006 Height: 5'5" (165 cm) Eyes: Brown Race: Black

Age Now: 17 Sex: Male Weight: 125 lbs (57 kg) Hair: Black

Missing From: PARK FOREST IL United States Daniel was last seen on February 16, 2006. He may still be in the local area. Daniel's left ear is pierced. His nicknames are Dee and Danny. 26

** Talking To Children About Death ** This week, the world was shocked to hear reports that the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, had died. Like the rest of the world, I, too, was glued to the television as they showed the retrospective of his career. My eyes filled with tears as I watched videos of the Jackson 5 singing “I’ll be There” and “I want you back.” In fact, I was so moved that I failed to immediately notice that my 8-year-old son appeared grief stricken as well. Puzzled by this, I thought “He didn’t even know who Michael was.” However, this truly did not matter because the issue was far deeper. Many parents simply don't know how to explain death to their children. It is, indeed, hard to find the appropriate words and the right answers to all of the questions they will have about death. However, from a professional standpoint, I encourage all parents to discuss this issue early on instead of waiting until a tragedy occurs. This can be done by using common experiences like falling leaves, a funeral procession, or a dead animal or insect to bring up and discuss the subject of death. Here are some things to consider when discussing this subject after a death has occurred: Talk to children soon after a death occurs Although we often think that by not discussing an issue, children will not be aware of the truth. However, this is almost always not the case. Speaking with children quickly also ensures that parents will be the ones discussing the death with their children, instead of someone else.

Define death in clear and simple terms Parents should try not to use fantasy terms when describing what it means to die. Being honest is the best way to limit fears and confusion. Also, avoid casualizing or minimizing the true impact of death. For example, saying that Grand Pa just went to sleep can insight fear that they might not wake up after falling asleep.

Children should be allowed to grieve in their own way. Sometimes children's reactions to death don't meet their parents' expectations. It is contraindicated to insist that children display sorrow, or, on the other hand, that they be brave. Parents should instead encourage their children to express their feelings in their own unique way. If you feel that your son or daughter is suppressing their true feelings, you can encourage them to express themselves through activities like drawing and journaling. You might be surprised by how much emotion that they share through such art forms.

Be Reassuring. It is very scary to children when they confront death for the first time, as it conjures up questions about their own mortality. Reassure them that you understand their fears, and although no one truly knows when they will die, you expect that both of you will be around for a long time!

At some point, your child will be faced with a loss, and they will need help understanding their feelings about it. How much they understand, and how you talk about it depends largely on your child’s age and emotional development. Regardless of how you choose to broach the conversation, make sure to do so, as they are sure to face a loss. Arming them with knowledge is always the best way to go. Happy Parenting, Gaetane F. Borders, MA, ABD 27

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Missing Children, support services, encouragement.

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Missing Children, support services, encouragement.