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Alleged killers talked about corpse on Facebook?

A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!

A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!

12-year-old girl murdered

Too little, Too late: A mistake that caused a little girl her life

Chicago Police are promising a thorough review to determine why the department did not alert the news media about a missing girl who turned up murdered two weeks later. They are deciding whether it was a computer glitch or human error that cause the lack of media coverage….and mishandling that resulted in death for 12 year old Jahmeshia Connor. No matter what the answer is, it will not bring this child back to her family.

Jahmeshia Conner
Jahmeshia Conner

Jahmeshia was last seen getting on a bus on the south side Englewood neighborhood in Chicago. Her mother reported her missing the next day when she did not return home from school. The reason for the delay is that she thought her daughter was staying her Aunt that evening. But that was clearly not the case.

A flier was drawn up and allegedly sent through all the proper channels, but somehow it never reached the media….not until it was too late. Jahmeshia’s body was found two weeks later in an alley, one block from her mother’s home. She was strangled to death. Cops reportedly say she was probably dead less than two days before discovered by a passer-by.

Translation: had anyone known to look for her during the two weeks she was missing, she could be alive today.

This is a tragic story with a tragic ending. Chicago police have come under fire but now they say they are focusing on who committed this crime and they are determined to bring this person to justice. This was not the kind of justice Jahmeshia’s family was hoping for when they reported their little girl missing. But it seems it’s all they have left at this point.

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  1. philip la spina

    I thought Colby was a negative for men! Tiger has hurt all men that
    consider marriage and fatherhood a responsible endeavor!
    His wife should walk out on him, she can make millions elsewhere.
    First, write a book: Tiger the lousy husband and irresponsible father who hid behind "PRIVACY".
    Two, If Nike was a responsIble corporate citizen, they should have distanced themselves from him as soon as they heard his message left on the phone to one of his mistresses! Same fo Gatorade!
    Nancy, stay on this case!

    December 7, 2009 at 9:04 pm
  2. Diane King

    Nancy, it's a shame that the police failed this young girl. If she was only a block away from home she probably ran into what I consider 'A stranger with a familiar face.' We need to teach our children to stay safe in a NEW WAY because the old way isn't working. My message is easy to understand and kids of all ages can follow: before you go with ANYONE, what should you do first...after my simple examples the kids tell me instead of me telling them.
    I go to schools and talk to kids about the power they possess to not only keep themselves safe but also stop predators (bad strangers) from hurting other kids by speaking up.
    My book has been featured on the News but sadly the message that I'm trying to get across is still MIScommunicated. IN FACT this video http://www.click2houston.com/video/21778227/index.html proves that children need a different education. The girl interviewed on TV wrongly and unsurely decribes a stranger. Her mom then goes on tv and says she educated her daughter. Children like this can easily be mislead and LURED away. UNTIL we CHANGE the way kids are taught, predators will stay one step ahead of us and young girls like Ms. Connor will be taken by people that they (children) consider a friend.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:41 pm
  3. Anthony Phills

    Hello Nancy,

    I was very touched and I wanted to let you know that I have developed a product called iChildAlert. Parents can use my application to send out a mobile notification and mobile poster. They can send the information to Law Enforcement from the application with the fingerprints, x-rays and key information of the child. I also created a connection to Facebook and a FREE service called The Neighborhood. We developed this application because minutes count, in finding your child.

    http://www.iChildAlert.com

    December 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm
  4. Lesley

    A horrible crime. Why has there been no discussion as to who would put a 12 year old little girl on a public bus without an adult or escort to get her home? I came in late on your show and while I understand there was a delay on issuing an Amber alert (I don't have enough information to comment), I am appalled there has been no discussion as to the parents or relatives who were responsible for her getting home safely. I believe I heard she had been to choir practice – a wonderful activity for a 12 year old but where were her parents to ensure she got home?????

    December 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm
  5. Cheryl

    I have lived in Chicago now for almost 3 years and it NEVER gets any easier hearing about another child murdered in this city! I was shocked to learn tonight on your show that the Amber alert was NOT issued EVER!! How could this missing child have fallen through the administrative cracks!?! This "mistake" could have possibly cost her life as she was alive for what appears to be well over a week prior to the authorities finding her lifeless body! Although the first 24 hours are statistically critical once a child goes missing, authorities should NOT become lax in timely distributing to the media the appropriate information that would alert the general public that very well COULD have saved her innocent young life! This "oversight' is unacceptable! Not only should the responsible individual(s) be fired, but also I'm hopeful that checks and balances will be put in place immediately so this type of tragedy may be prevented in the future!
    I will offer my services free of charge to review and identify existing fallacies in this procedures as well as create a comprehensive step by step processes to ensure multiple individuals/depts sign off as well as verify the proper alerts are posted on websites and photos/info are also provided to the media in an expeditous manner! My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the family/friends of this little angel and God help the person(s) who committed this heinous crime!

    December 7, 2009 at 11:17 pm
  6. m johnston

    I think that Tiger & Elin Woods may just be another O J & Nichole
    Simpson. Didnt O J break out a car window also?

    December 8, 2009 at 1:45 am
  7. Dwills

    It's just sad that sometimes the media covers these type of stories after the fact, when the situations outcome could of been different! All I'm saying is the media shouldn't be byass when it comes to children Bering kidnapped, abducted, things of that sort! My thoughts and prayers goes out to the Conner family!

    December 8, 2009 at 1:59 am
  8. Saddays

    I know why the media never got the story be4 it was 2 late. She was black and poor, so they didn't care about the story and thats sad! I'm white and its a shame how the white up scale people treats people that don't look like them. Look at all the most talked about stories where a child is kidnapped and the kids most of the time is white and thats not right! The color of your skin should not put value on your life or where u are born or anything, we are human, we are people no matter who u are! Its sad that human life is worthless to most people today, look at all the useless kills all over the country and world. No one has the right to take the life of anyone else, like someone took this girls! Sad too that just because she wasn't "news worthy" they did run the story of her be missing that could have saved her life! So dan sad!

    December 8, 2009 at 2:49 am
  9. patricia shealey

    Why was a 12 year old baby on the bus @ night by her self. Why she did not have an adult with her. If an adult had been with her she would still be alive.....

    December 8, 2009 at 3:49 am
  10. Denise

    OMG it doesn't take a rocket scienctist to know where the BLAME goes, it falls on the Chicago Police Dept. It is HUMANS who put into computers the information needed!! SHAME on you Chicago PD, YOU will be held accountable!! GOD BLESS Jahmeshia Connor & her FAMILY!!

    December 8, 2009 at 8:23 am
  11. Kelly

    Jahmeshias story is all too familiar to me – she was an innocent, beautiful, sweet 12 year old CHILD but because she was Black not from an affluent family etc not only did certain authorities assume she ran away (with no evidence to suggest that) where was the Amber Alert?
    Where was the flood of media attention? My heart and prayers go out to ALL children regardless of age, race, socio-economic class, religion etc.
    Jahmeisha was apparently held captured (with God knows what being done to her) for several days!!!When she was found it was determined she had only been dead for approx 24 hours – Jahmeisha could have been saved! Should have been saved!

    Please everyone love your children and make sure they know it everyday! Talk to your kids about EVERYTHING the most difficult topics are the ones we NEED to speak to our children about the most! Finally, if you suspect something is wrong especially involving a child make an anonymous call to authorities – tell someone please these children need and deserve a voice.

    Jahmeisha I pray you have found peace and you will not be forgotten.

    **One other thing – to all of the kind & upset people that have posted comments about Somer Thompson, Shaniya Davis, Jahmeisha and the numerous other children that have been taken from this world in such horrific ways, please demand that these stories do not fade away. The person or people responsible for these horrific acts need to be tortured!

    December 8, 2009 at 9:54 am
  12. Taimaikio Houston

    Just another case of the Chicago PD, and othe Police Department, how they have failed us.

    December 8, 2009 at 10:14 am
  13. Ray

    "Chicago Police are promising a thorough review to determine why the department did not alert the news media about a missing girl who turned up murdered two weeks later".

    Seems like the color of her skin and maybe economical background may have played a huge part in the delay. Especially in Chicago

    December 8, 2009 at 10:24 am
  14. Mandy G

    So sad. A life cut short at the hands of a monster. My heart goes out to the family and friends of this little girl. RIP Jahmeshia Conner

    December 8, 2009 at 11:05 am
  15. kimberly

    This is a sad story, this little girl was neglected and there is nothing okay about it. When my daughter is suppected of being somewhere I follow up minutes later to make sure she is there. This was not done in this case and then when they realize she was actually missing they the authorities did not do what they were suppose to do. This is a failure on all parties, and they should all be held accountable. Neglect is the obvious reason this child is not alive a sad case and sickening to think of it. God bless this child.

    December 8, 2009 at 11:05 am
  16. Kelly

    About 40% of missing children cases never make it to the media. It saddens me that this little girl lost her life. My heart goes out to this family and may her killer be found and dealt with the way he/she should.

    December 8, 2009 at 11:42 am
  17. TRECE

    The same-o-same-o ,the Chicago#&*%*># police,another black child because of someone not doing their job or is it because it's a black child-their not valueable enough,along with the guns, drugs and poverty in chicago, the police are part of the problem also not the soultion!

    December 8, 2009 at 11:47 am
  18. John

    Everyone keeps saying its the cops fault this little girl is dead. Where is the responsability of the little girls family? who leaves a 12 year old by herself without an adult. Why are the cops to blame when it is the parents and aunt who is responsible for her saftey. they would not even need police if they had watched her properly.

    December 8, 2009 at 11:54 am
    • jackie

      I completely agree. The parents should be blamed not the police. I'm sure they didn't purposely do it cause she was "another black child". The point is she's gone now and is in a better place than this sick world full of horrible monsters.

      December 9, 2009 at 1:09 am
      • Tamjen

        Jackie, how can you tell her family that she's better off dead than in a "sick world full of monsters"? Shame on YOU.

        December 13, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  19. Dee Bryant

    The sad but obvious truth is that Americans both Black & White don't value the lives of young African-Americans as they do that of White children. Had this child been blond haired with blue eyes her picture would've been IMMEDIATELY plastered all over media networks and the outcome may have been very different.

    December 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm
  20. Merri

    First and foremost, my prayers go out to the soul of young Jahmeshia Conner and to the family that mourns her.

    Granted, the family should have been more aware of young Jahmeshia's movements. Once her disappearance was reported, however, it was the DUTY of the police department to make sure that a proper investigation was conducted. That did not happen. Had the police launched an immediate investigation, this story might have been about how diligent police work brought home an abducted child. Let's hope that the police don't drop the ball again in finding the child murderer that did this.

    December 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm
  21. kate

    John,
    I strongly disagree with you. It is entirely reasonable for a 12 year old to take a bus by herself. How long should children be treated like babies–til they are 20? Oh wait, 20 year olds are also sometimes kidnapped and killed. By your logic, anyone driving their child to school is responsible for their child's death if they get in a car crash. After all, we all know car crashes are a leading cause of childrens' death (murder is not).
    It is HORRID what happened here, and the perpetrator I hope will be found and dealt with. The police not issuing an amber alert is also very wrong. Not knowing whether your child is supposed to spend the night with her aunt is also strange, and an issue. But getting on the bus? That is something 12 year old can and should do on their own. You can't protect your children from everything by smothering them, as much as we'd like to think we can.

    December 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm
  22. Casey

    Are you guys all nuts???? Its not the police you need to blame its the parents!!! It does not matter the race of the child, It was up to the parents to protect their children . Parents kill their children everday. Is that the cops fault? No this was once again as we've seen before an inrresponsible parent not protecting their children!

    December 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm
  23. Randy

    Blame the Cops??....WOW...Have you ever thought to once....just once ...blame the person who committed the crime...Everyone hates the police...until they need them...thennnn..IF its not the right response at the right time....wellll...BLAME the Police....give me a frigginf break!!!!!

    December 8, 2009 at 1:32 pm
  24. justme

    Here we go again... it must be because she was black or because she wasn't from an upper class family.... THATS CRAP! Why is this mother letting her 12 year old daughter just travel around by herself? When i ran away it was my parents who went to the T.V stations and called the radio stations and this was before amber alerts were around. The parents or other family members could have called the stations themselves. Dont blame it on the cops.

    December 8, 2009 at 1:34 pm
  25. JahisLove

    I always know where the apple of my eye–my 12 year old granddaughter is. There is never supposition. I KNOW! That's because I take her there. I check on her while she is there and I bring her back home safely to me. While it is cruel to blame her mother we must never be that complacent when it comes to our children. They are precious and should be treated as such. I lived in Chicago for a while. It's a lovely town but not for a 12 year old child alone. Parents, please realize this is an evil society in which we live. Our children's livesare at risk. Anyone who watches Nancy Grace regularly knows that. We must be vigilant!

    December 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm
  26. Shawn

    How can a mother not not know where her child is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How do you "think" she is at her Aunts house. You either know or you don't. My heart goes out to the family of this little girl. I agree with everyone who asked why she was on the bus alone at 12 years old! Everyone assumes it will never happrn to them or their family. KEEP YOU CHILDREN CLOSE TO YOU AT ALL TIMES!

    December 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm
  27. Penny

    While this story is very sad, it is important to note that many missing children (of all ages, genders, colors) do not receive the same media attention of others. And, for the reader that asked about the Amber Alert, remember that there is specific criteria for issuing an Amber Alert...must have a description of the person, the vehicle (with plate numbers), etc. I am not siding with the police by any means but we need to have all the facts before passing judgment.

    December 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm
  28. c

    why didn't the aunt and mom communicate the night the child went missing?

    December 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm
  29. jackie

    I agree john wht are the cops to blame the mother thought she was staying at the aunts house how about you call and check on her or stop by to see how her day was If it were my child I would have taked to her several times. lets stop blaming the wrong people here and I am so sick of hearing the cops didnt help because of her skin color thats a cop out and it really needs to stop being used

    December 8, 2009 at 2:15 pm
  30. Helen

    This is a very sad story about another beautiful little girl whose life has been taken by someone that cannot even be called a human being. This really makes me sad. We know that Jahmeshia is in heaven with all the other children that suffered this fate. I really hope the person is caught and put to death and goes right where they belong forever. I will pray for her family and friends.

    December 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm
  31. Mary

    Do you know how many missing kids there are in Chicago? If the media aired every one, it would be a 5 hours missing persons newscast every single night. How about not putting your 12 year old on a bus in the worst neighborhood in the city. How about knowing where your child is, not assuming she is with her aunt. Why is it CPD's fault? How many times has she been missing before? Why wasn't anyone in her family calling around looking for her? Where was she? Was she with some random boy? The Chicago Police are not responsible for her getting home safely. That is an adult's responsibility. Her Aunt or her Mom to start with.

    December 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm
  32. dave

    I live 2 blocks from where she was last seen, and 4 blocks from where she was found. There were flyers with her picture on them all around the immediate area. I have seen police officers sleeping in their cars at 5am in englewood. It was not error, but a total lack of competence by the 7th precinct.

    December 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm
  33. EM

    I have to disagree with JUST blaming the Police Dept. FIRST: This child was only 12 yrs old not 18. A few ppl have posted in the previous article that she was old enough to go out alone, are you kidding me??? She was a C-H-I-L-D; therefore, NO she was NOT old enough to go out alone, yet alone after dark. SECOND: Her mother "assumed" she as with her aunt. This is a child, not a thing to assume anything. Why did she not call to make sure rather than "assume". The mother has more blame than the police. I'm sorry, but that was her child not the police department. Yes, they have blame as far as lack of getting the report our immediately. But they are not 100% at fault. It's our responsibility as parents to WATCH & PROTECT our children every step of the way! I am a mother of two and now reside in FL from Chicago. This to me is the state of pedophiles. Do you think I would let my children play in our front lawn without me??? And that's on my property, HECK NO!! You never know who is watching. My condolences go out to the family of this poor little girl. I'm not trying to sound harsh, but stop sugar coating the situation. The mother and aunt should have been with her no matter what, if they had other things to do that prevented them to attend with her to where ever, then they shouldn't have let her go PERIOD! Parents, it's time to step up to the plate! What the heck is going on that they want their children to grow up so fast?!?!?!?

    December 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm
  34. Socorro

    My condolences to Jahmeshia's family,
    Where is the support of our politician's and president Obama to stand up for our American children gone missing, kidnapped and murdered in America? This is not about race it's about justice for our American children! Or don't they matter to Congress and Obama?

    December 8, 2009 at 2:44 pm
  35. cyndii

    Nancy Grace where's the outcry?

    December 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm
  36. Sam Cro

    A terrible thing for sure, but almost as bad is the fact that once again, adults reponsible for the child try to blame other for their problems. The person responsible for the victim is the ultimate one to blame if blame has to be layed on someones doorstep. Raise your kids, dont assume the govt', cops, community , church, or school is going to do it.

    December 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm
  37. LIS

    Kelly,
    I don't think it's fair of you to pull out race card. Shame on you!

    December 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm
  38. Melissa

    This has NOTHING to do with the fact that she was a poor black kid, and everything to do with the fact that she should never have been on a bus alone at night.

    December 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm
  39. Gunner

    they are too busy parked in front of "wherever Tiger is" to worry about innocent young children

    December 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm
  40. Nicole

    This is ridiculous that numerous people have already thrown the race card around. Dig deeper, there are PLENTY of crimes to white kids, hispanic kids, etc etc that go unreported to the media. Fault here lies with her parents...how do you not know where a 12 year old girl is and the person or persons who committed the crime...Or better yet, blame the media, they're vultures and I guarantee you they knew of this missing child, why don't you ask them why it was never published.

    December 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm
  41. hanna L

    This is another example of people who should not have children. I do blame the partents of this child. If they were watching thier child and love her she would be here. She was only 12 you do not leave a 12 year old alone. You do not leave a 20 year old along these days.
    The devil is here on earth you have to watch your children be with them every second because they can be gone in a second.

    December 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm
  42. su

    It seems like this story is more about blaming the police and the city of Chicago, then it is, about finding the murderer of this poor child. This is a tragic or horrible incident. If you want to play the blame game, place it on the parents. Who doesn't check on their kids?? Especially after nearly 24 hours?? A 12 yr old has no business riding a city bus on her own. Next they'll be trying to blame the bus driver. Look I feel for their loss, it is tremendous, but the way the family is playing to the media, it looks like they're looking for a pay day, as opposed to anything else. Once an autopsy is completed, we'll find out how long this poor baby was dead. Amber alerts have protocol, and the mother not bothering to check on her own kid, is part of the problem. Stop blaming cops for crazy murderers and your own lack of parenting.

    December 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm
  43. Yvette

    Seriously, how can the police or the media take all the blame. Why didn't her mother call the aunt to see if the child made it ok? And how could she have "thought" she spent the night? It is exhausting to continue to place blame on everyone except who is truly responsible. My goodness the girl was only 12, she should have been checked on when she should have arrived at the aunts house, and why in the world didn't the aunt call the mother and ask why she hadn't made it to her house?? This poor little girl wasn't missed for nearly 24hrs. How can we expect law enforcement to care more about our children than we do? I hurt for Jahmeshia, she may have lived if someone in her family would have taken a moment to miss her. I can't imagine what she went through, this is yet another story of some evil person killing a defenseless child.

    December 8, 2009 at 3:45 pm
  44. njp

    I'm pretty sure that if I let my daughter get on a bus to go visit her aunt I'd make damned sure I knew she had arrived safely. I sure as hell wouldn't wait until the next day. Better yet get on the damn bus with her and go for the ride!

    December 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm
  45. shelly

    I agree with the last comment. Everyone wants to blame the cops or the color of the childs skin. The blame should lay at the feet of the family . The aunt or someone else in the house should have contacted the mother within the hour of the child not arriving at her house to find out if the plans had changed etc. This would have let the mom know from the beginning that the child never made it to the aunts house. This would have allowed the search for the child to begin right away instead of the next day. My thoughts and prayers go out to this family.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm
  46. Jennifer

    Why didn't the family contact the media? Why just sit and wait for the police to do it? The police definitely messed up but it is your child missing. I would have been more involved and gone to whoever to get the story out there if it was my child.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:02 pm
  47. Donna

    I agree with the family being to blame! There is no way a 12 year old girl should have been on a bus at night, alone, with an assumption of "she'll be staying with her aunt for the night." Mom should have verified this and "physically" taken the child to the aunt herself. What in the world is wrong with parents nowadays? They want to put the blame on everyone except themselves. This mom is at fault, not the Chicago PD. It has nothing to do with the color of her skin either.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm
  48. Becky

    My deepest sympathies to the family may God make you stronger and to deal with such a tragedy my prayers are with you to heal from your loss. Such a beautiful child... may you RIP and be with our lord baby.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm
  49. AJ

    John, I can't believe you are serious! If you are blaming someone for the death of this child, blame the person who killed her, not her parents or her aunt. A 12-year-old child should be able to exist in this world without being paranoid that someone will murder her. And the truth is that most children can. Unfortunately it was not true for this child. It is not fair to blame the parents because someone murdered a child. In fact, it is utterly ridiculous. How do children become responsible adults if never given the opportunity to learn responsibility? We can't give in to the paranoia and fear, which just create a prison that strips away all of our freedoms. Bottom line, blame the MURDERER, not the victims.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm
  50. Marianne

    It's really sad that this little girl's family failed her. The fact the police failed her was secondary. if She was protected by her parents and aunt and wouldn't have been put in the position of being alone on a bus, this never would've happened. I'm sure the police is overwhelmed by crime in these neighborhoods and now they have to do the job of the parents. There is way too much police involvement and blame being placed for the failure of these communities to protect and account for themselves.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm
  51. Riley

    This is yet another terrible act of violence. It makes no difference whether it was cops in Washington State, soldiers in Texas, or a little girl in Chicago. Someone lost a family member, a brother, sister, a daughter, a father. Crime is running wild all over and we don't have the manpower nor the will to stop it.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm
  52. Ida

    The police are to blame for not getting this turned over to the media yes but I am afraid some blame falls on the parents why was this little girl getting onto a bus all alone at night? Its time these parents start caring more about the children they bring into the world. God Bless this little girl and may whomever did this to her pay for it!

    December 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm
  53. Alyssa

    It was saddening to hear about the cold-blooded murder of Jahmesia. She was a beautiful little girl with the cutest smile and warm, twinkling eyes. Unfortunately, nobody in the CPD will be punished for FAILING to issue an Amber alert. I hope more details about this case emerge soon. It's a shame that usually when Black women and children are abducted, abused and murdered, these heinous crimes don't get the same attention from cops nor media.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm
  54. Judy

    Do you know, where I live in Haverhill, Massachusetts, they don't even do Amber Alerts for teenagers. my daughter ran away, she stayed out all night and didn't return home. I called the police and barely got any assistance in finding my daughter. It made me sick to my stomach. I took the following day off from work and found her myself after staying up all night and calling all of her friends listed on my cell phone bill and myspace. Thereafter, My daugher began a cycle of taking off over this past summer 2009 (she was 16 – she turned 17 a few weeks ago). Once when I asked the police about issuing an Amber Alert, they told me that they don't do that for 16 year olds. I have a huge problem with this on so many levels. I had been reading my daughter's emails and had her myspace password, and so I knew she was (and still does) hanging around with shady male characters. One of whom made her walk home at 1:00 in the morning after she snuck out while we were sleeping. What if she had met (still could meet) with a terrible fate and I never see her again. This needs to change. Teenagers (and kids) run away (especially in this computer era where they can be fooled by someone online) and it's usually not for something good. Secondly, if they were to have issued an Amber Alert, you can bet that he would likely take her leaving in the middle of the night more seriously. With all the horrible things that happen to chidren and young adults (human trafficking and so forth), there needs to be an IMMEDIATE response to alert the media in all of these cases. I fear something like this happening to my daughter. And I am sickened and saddened beyond belif when I see this happen to someone else's child.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm
  55. Katie

    I totally agree with John. At what point do people stop blaming others for things that could have been avoided if parents actually took care of the children they brought into the world?This is a terrible situation. I feel badly for this young girl, but not because the Police Department failed her, but because her family failed her.

    I am tired of hearing stories where people point the finger at someone else for something they could have prevented just by being a good parent or guardian. It is time for parents to become accountable and to actually parent and protect their children.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm
  56. T

    Its a shame how our young are being disposed of like trash. But its a bigger shame that the blame is being placed on the chicago police dept. What about the parents and aunt. Why was this 12 yr old taking a bus by herself at night. The mother made the comment that she THOUGHT the little girl was staying at her aunt. Were was the communication between the mother and aunt . What is wrong with these parents not knowing were their children are. Come on people how about some blame on the parents. Enough w/ blaming the police and claiming the color of her skin determined whether a report of her missing would get to the media. Thats the problem w/ this world everyone wants to blame everyone else for there mistakes. May Jahmeshia RIP.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  57. Bubba

    I gotta say it looks like if she'd been blonde she'd be alive today.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm
  58. Angela Smith

    It angers me when people want to always blame the family John @ this point it doesn't matter where we point the blame .The fact of the matter is there are so many innocent children missing and the families are left in turmoil with out a clue where to get the help except thur the police dept .. The police in the city of chicago have thier hands full and these people are human too.. My opinoin is regardless of what your thoughts are about that child riding the bus alone we BLACK people do what we have to do to survive and the real point is she lived @ least 13days are you saying my family deserves to take full responsibilty for the death of our love one ..? My other thought is don't you think our family including the aunt ,mother and remaining family members will forever wish we had done something diffrent However we were not the monsters have some compassion you Jerk!!!!

    December 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm
  59. Antoinette

    The Amber alert should have been given out right away May GOD have mercy on everyone involved souls

    December 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm
  60. Cindy

    I agree with Patricia! Why was this girl getting on a bus all by herself? This is not the PD's fault. This is her mothers fault! Obviously she did'nt even check to make sure her child got to her destination safely. If the MOTHER would have been a proper parent she first would have NEVER let the child on the bus by herself and second would have followed up to make sure the child arrived safely. Unfortunatley even if this girl was alive today she would'nt stand a chance with a mother like that.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm
  61. Robert

    Patricia Shealey, WHERE does it say she got on the bus at night? Did you ever stop to think that maybe she was on her way from school?

    December 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm
  62. Slugger

    Just as Wayne Williams knew that killing black boys in Atlanta,Georgia years ago would not get much media or police attention, this Chicago girl's death got more attention for the lack of attention about her death than her actual murder. There is not a police department in this nation that is composed of men and women who are there to protect and serve black people.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm
  63. Mary P

    This story sickens me as all child abduction cases do. What sickens me more is how the media is covering Tiger Woods infidelities like it's major breaking news. Nancy Grace, I turned you off last night because I've had enough of this. Tiger is NOT national news. I didn't realize your show was just another tattler show. Stick with stories that NEED to be told.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm
  64. Ray J

    She was found one block from her mother's house. Wouldn't you think some family members would have went for a stroll through the neighborhood looking for her or her body? The CPD did bite the bullet on this one, but finding her body just a block from her mother's house and not being found for two weeks later sounds just as ludicrious.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm
  65. Len Avarfon

    seriously? you idiots want to blame everyone but the murderer! Someone murdered that poor girl. It wasn't the cops. It wasn't the media. It wasn't a vast racist consipracy. Get a grip people.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm
  66. James T.

    Sorry lil sweet heart. The fact of the matter is the her parents should have known where she was and not thought she was somewhere she was not. I can not stand people who target, attack, stalk, kidnap, rape, any of that junk. If you fall in that catagory go kill yourself and leave the innocent alone. I hpe the jerk gets busted and well you no what they do to child killers in prison. I hope they get it real bad 10 fold what they did to that sweet little girl.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm
  67. JT

    Law enforcement agencies receive hundreds, possibly thousands of these per year. Many are false though well intentioned in that the chld is located within a few hours. Most agencies are now and have been for years over extended and understaffed. I do NOT offer this as an excuse only as an observation.

    In some cases it is not unheard of that a report will not be taken for 24 hours have passed. This is to weed out those who are, as stated previously, found within a short time.

    Chicago PD is not perfect but nobody else is either. Cops like other folks, make mistakes and sometimes they do have life or death implications. If you desire to make the system better become a cop and see how the streets really are.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm
  68. James T.

    BTW not all parents are perfect i am not even close to being a perfect parent. This is where community has failed us. when i was a child it took the community to raise children i might have had my britches spanked by a few neighbors not beaten mind you. Back then neighbors saw what we were all doing and new right from wrong. These days people would rather turn their backs rather than risk the chance of getting a law suit filled on them for trying to tell a kid right from wrong. We all need to keep a better eye on our neighbors and children and that ill help build a stronger happier healthier community oh and a friendlier on as well. SORRY MY SPELLING IS BAD.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm
  69. Jeff Crotty

    Do you fools who are calling the Chicago Police Dept racists for not acting on this young girls behalf realize that there are people of all races who are police officers?!!! Or are you alleging that only white officers handle missing person reports and selectively exclude black children. Don't be ridiculous. How will you react when the murderer is arrested and he is black? Will you react differently if the criminal is white or hispanic or asian? I'm certain that anyone with a heart (which includes the police officers) is deeply sorry for the loss of any child's life.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:49 pm
  70. Ange

    Even when a poor child has been taken from her family everyone wants to blame someone because they came from the wrong side of the tracks or they were the wrong skin color. Why can't you just pray for the family and leave all the hate mongering alone. That is what is wrong with this country today. GROW UP!!!!!!! life is to short obviously. Embrace what you have. Heart fealt prayers to her family and may Jahmeshia Conner watch over her family as one of God's angels.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm
  71. Dawn

    The Chicago PD might have made some errors on this case but the mother is the person responsible for this girl. Why was this 12 yr old child taking a bus alone at night? Why didn't the Aunt contact the mother when the child did not show up at her house that night? Why wasn't the child required to contact the mother upon her arrival at the aunt's house? The school didn't report her truant? It takes a whole day for the mother to find out the girl didn't go to school? There are a lot of problems with this scenario. The cops should not be the focus of the errors in this girl's death.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm
  72. Laurie

    Some of you Chicagoans are hateful and worried about the police but don't seem too concerned there is a killer in your midst. I am certain there is more than one. What difference are you trying to make? Are you volunteering? Are you perhaps thinking of becoming a police officer? Are you taking steps to insure the safety of children, of all people for that matter, on the streets? Why isn't Oprah, the richest woman in the world and located right there in Chicago, devoting any of her money to Chicago? You want to blame the police but when it comes time to stand up, are you amongst the ones who are standing up to do the right thing?

    God bless the poor baby. Jahmeshia, WE failed you.

    December 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm
  73. Tenisha

    Why does the color of her skin have to be an issue. It was the Chicago PD!!! What tragic end to a beautiful little girl. God bless her and her family.

    December 8, 2009 at 6:21 pm
  74. Mary

    I would like to know how the mother THOUGHT her daughter was with the Aunt without even making sure until the next day??? If someone was going to watch my child I would like to know that my child was picked up by the Aunt and my child was safe. Perhaps a phone call to the mother or swing by where the mother was. But putting that all aside the creep that killed the little girl should never have been on the streets. I'm sure we will find out that he has committed other crimes and still had freedom for some reason. My heart goes out to the Mother because this is the most horrible thing that could happen to a child and so close to home. God Bless The Family.

    December 8, 2009 at 6:42 pm
  75. Roxanne Sherwin

    Why is it we can't get stories like this out there in time to save a life, but we can flood all the news stations and media with Tiger Wood's life?? There seems to be a great injustice when it comes to a child laying dead somewhere that no one is looking for to a a man that had an affair harboring all the newsstations. Yes Tiger did wrong to his family and biblically, but is it more newsworthy than a missing child who now ends up murdered? We can place blame on the police department and the parents, but the news media should also be lighting up the panels with these stories over and above all else.

    December 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm
  76. penny

    If this had been a little white girl that disappeared it would be all over the tv. Instead nobody hears about it until she's found dead. It disgusts me that the media is more worried about Tiger Woods and his escapades with a bunch of bimbos than they are about a brown-skinned girl who's gone missing. Tiger Wood gets viewers- but this is just another missing black kid- not nearly as interesting

    December 8, 2009 at 7:29 pm
  77. Jamie

    I totally agree with John.

    December 8, 2009 at 7:33 pm
  78. Nikki

    I agree the parents should not have let her go around by herself. That is much too young. Its not always the police' fault. And also, she could easily have lied to her parents and aunt about where she really was that night and ended up with the wrong people. Children need to have these dangers talked about to them every day in order to really get it in their head.

    December 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm
  79. april

    so sad...if she had blonde hair and blue eyes it would have been a top story at least in IL, if not nationwide. it's a waste of time to investigate, it's no one person's fault. it's all of society's fault.

    December 8, 2009 at 7:49 pm
  80. Nathan

    It's easthier to blame on the police. How long before activists are marching against the police? Perhaps these Revs can provide parenting and crime prevention classes in these communities to make a real difference. Instead they'll be protesting the cops they hate and don't cooperate with when crimes similar to this one are being investigated. The child's family failed not the police or the media.

    December 8, 2009 at 7:54 pm
  81. Anthony Phills

    Sorry to hear about this and I have created a solution to help called iChildAlert on mobile. Now parents have a solution to help before a Amber Alert is issued. Plus you can send the information to Law Enforcement along with fingerprints and x-ray records.

    December 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm
  82. New York, New York

    It amazes me that the media is going absolutely crazy about Tiger Woods and his extramarital activities, but nowhere in their vast coverage of minimal NONSENSE could they find time to post this little girl's story and maybe, just maybe, save a life. What kind of world are we living in when it is more important to report on who is sleeping with whom than trying to find a lost child. If this is the life we are resolved to, God help us all...

    December 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm
  83. AngieBoo

    This is extremely touching to me, I know the maternal side of the family. I feel like regardless of the fact there's a child killer amongst us, this baby was last seen boarding the CTA transit enroute to her home less than a mile away, found 2 wks later 2 blocks from her home murdered,basically in her own back yard. Please, someone saw something or heard something, "PLEASE CONTACT THE VIOLENT CRIMES DIVISION:312-747-8380, REWARD HOTLINE:773-483-4300" ~ Please keep the The Lewis & Conner Family in your prayers ~

    December 8, 2009 at 10:18 pm
  84. mari

    What is going on in the world that people are going out there and murdering sweet and innocent children or kidnapping them. Children do not deserve this! It really saddens me to know that no matter where you are in the world there are children missing or being killed everyday. What is happening to our country? Why are our children being victimized? I am really saddened of what is going on in our world today.

    December 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm
  85. melly

    i cant belive nobody reported this!!
    i am also feed up with the news reporting the tiger affair incident
    some people just want to see the news not gossip
    i am also desapointed because i go to nany grace website
    to look at the news and for a week now they have been talkign about tiger

    December 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm
  86. Karrie

    I have to agree with those that think race is a factor in this case. Why our society would treat missing girls differently based upon race is beyond my comprehension, but I'd bet my last dollar that if this were a 12 yr old white female she'd be headline news for sure... Sad, so sad.

    December 9, 2009 at 12:03 am
  87. tony

    i really enjoy watching your show, but the last week i bypass soon as i see the headlines......you need to get off of Tiger, and get back to what makes your show which is crime. What Tiger did wasn't a crime it was of a personal matter.your losing viewers attacking this subject please get back to doing you

    December 9, 2009 at 1:44 am
  88. clarence

    Everything has to start somewhere before each event . Parents are in charge of protecting their children, this family failed, by not having things in order to safeguard their child. Do people thing there is a policeman for every person to keep a lock on their activities. Place blame where blame is laid, within the family.

    December 9, 2009 at 5:17 am
  89. KEENON

    Poor folks do not enjoy the same attention as the rich. period. That's it. Very poor "ghetto" white kids get the same attention (or lack of). This isn't about race. (I understand, we americans have a race fetish and are always looking to shout "racism!" at every turn).
    Really, though, this is about a lack of parenting. Attentive parents do not assume anything about a 12 year old child boarding a bus on her own... they check up... frequently... especially in the 'hood. The parents dropped the ball.... not the cops, not the government or any other special program that is supposed to do your parenting for you. Further, serious parents would have demanded better attention from the authorities once it became clear (you know, the same type of parents that would never have ignored their lonely child in the first place)

    December 9, 2009 at 6:06 am
  90. Chalenia

    If my child were missing and it was not in the news I think I would call or go to the news station, news paper office, or anywhere and tell them my story and how the PD wouldn't help. You can bet that my word would get out there some way.

    December 9, 2009 at 6:27 am
  91. cordy

    It's not the Chicago Police Department falut that she wasn't found earlier. Why should the police be blame for every thing that happened? Yeah, maybe they didn't get the report about Jahmeshia out to the media in time to save her but still the parents should be the one at falut. She went to school and never show up after school. Why didn't the mother follow up with the school as school when she noticed that her daughter hasn't come back home yet? Or yet, why didn't she call the "Aunt" to check up and make sure Jahmeshia is actually there? Did she have to wait until the next day to report her missing? All those times, she could have follow up with the Aunt. And what kind of mother will let their child sleep over at the Aunt house, not knowing if they have a new set of clothes for tomorrow>

    December 9, 2009 at 7:15 am
  92. kate

    both the parents and cops are to blame. My kids are much older and if I do not know where they are I am nuts and I tell them if you do not communicate with me I assume they are dead in a ditch. In fact with them I always need to wonder if they are being stupid too and doing something that they should not be doing. Having said that I do believe that because this young girl was black cops assume certain things immediately. The reality is cops, catholic priest and Judges just do not have the credibility they once had due their own actions and crimminal behaviour. I grew up in a family with a lot of cops and I hate 2 say that they were cops because they passed the tests. When we young the guys that that became cops were the same guys smashing empty beer cans on their foreheads and getting into fights.

    December 9, 2009 at 8:00 am
  93. Mary

    April, it has nothing to do with hair and eye color. I'm sick of people saying that having blond hair and blue eyes puts you in the privileged class. I have never received anything in my life that I didn't have to work for. HAVING MONEY puts you in the privileged class!! No one gave me, my family, or my ancestors a damn thing!

    That being said, it does seem to me that the media hypes the news about some missing children but totally ignores other missing children. It makes me angry. But, as far as I'm concerned, the only victims who ever seem to get justice are the police, politicians and the moneyed class. Hurt one of them and the justice system will work wonders to find and prosecute the culprit. As far as our justice system is concerned, the rest of us don't count. This sweet little girl's tragic end is more proof of that.

    December 9, 2009 at 9:00 am
  94. Josh

    Why do people insist on using CAPS and Exclamation marks !!! to prove their point? It would be as if we're having an intelligent conversation and you kept YELLING YOUR POINT!!! Sigh...people clueless.

    December 9, 2009 at 9:06 am
  95. Jazzy

    To those who are blaming this horrific crime on the police, WAKE UP!!! To suggest that because she was black this happened is not only racist it's inexcusable. If you want to point any fingers point them at the parents/relatives who were supposedly responsible for this little girl. If this 12 yr old would have been accompanied by an adult this never would have happened. I pray for her and her family but please can someone anyone who is a parent take responsibility for their own children in this sick world we live in?

    December 9, 2009 at 9:23 am
  96. M.R.

    You have no way of knowing that the girl would still be alive if police would have reached out to the media. Thats like saying if the mother would have reported her missing sooner she would still be alive. Stop focussing on blaming the police and start trying to find out who commited this crime. You are making this the story, and not the actual tragedy.

    December 9, 2009 at 9:38 am
  97. gladys

    Why didn't both adults communicate with each other, to confirm that the child was with either one. The blame is on the person who murdered this innocent child.

    December 9, 2009 at 9:57 am
  98. everette

    why the freak would you do that to a little gurl bitch you aremurder

    December 9, 2009 at 10:03 am
  99. M.Miller

    Unfortunately, all of you are correct. The responsibility for this sad situation must be shared by all the parties. The mother assumed that she'd arrived at her aunt's home but didn't confirm this with the aunt. The child was not instructed to call the mother immediately upon arrival. The aunt did not think to call the mother. Given that the child was found less than a block away from the home it is doubtful to me that she even got on the bus and if not then the mother did not take the child to the bus and ensure that she was safely on the bus. OBVIOUSLY the perpetrator is to blame for the actual commission of the crime. The Chicago PD dropped the ball somewhere along the way not only because an AMBER ALERT was not issued, but if it had been determined that the child never got on the bus, a door to door search of area residences might have resulted in finding her. It seems likely that she was taken in her own neighborhood and held very nearby. Finally, it should be obvious to all of us that young, poor, black children DO NOT receive the same media attention as white children from an upper economic background. Please, let's stop pretending that racism in AMERICA is a thing of the past...or it never will be.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:36 am
  100. Jen

    this is sad because there is so much blame to throw around...
    1st why was she alone on a public bus
    2nd the police not posting th Amber alert
    3rd why didn't the parents say anything why they saw that her picture wasn't all over the news and tv?

    if my kid went missing and the police were involved and nothing was happening it is also your job to push. I would have call the tv stations myself! Come on people, the police dropped the ball and will be held accountable but when your child goes missing, you don't stop till you DO SOMETHING!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:37 am
  101. Joi

    philip la spina the topic is the 12 yr olds death and lack of media coverage. She is not covered in your comment just as she was not coverde by the media. How could ALL of the media have missed this. Why did the police not follow-up on media coverage. I'm not goning to speak on prejudice this round, I would just say more than 1 person knew she was missing and it should not have taken a body to bring it disappearance to the light. Where were the FEDS? If a child is missing the investigate the parents and child protection is alerted. Right? No 1 person was talking.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:42 am
  102. Valerie

    I am not posting to slam the Police Dept or the family, I just wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to Jahmeshia's family, should they be reading this.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:42 am
  103. Bob

    You all are caught up on this 12 yr old getting on a bus by herself. Umm not all areas have "SCHOOL BUSES" so many kids take the public transportation buses to and from school, they are issued bus passes by the school. So again let's concentrate on who did this to a 12 yr old and not on who to blame. We to often look for someone to blame other than the person who commits the act. If this were my 12 yr old daughter found dead in an alley the police wouldn't be needed and tax payers dollars wouldn't be wasted on a trial.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:43 am
  104. pso1005

    I still hold on to my children anytime there in danger (mother of 10 yr old, 8 yr old, & 5 yr old. Let alone allow them to take a bus on their own, i don't think so. We as parents must take our responsibities for our children seriously. I've never seen so many trajedies (murders, rapes, drug abuse, car accidents, abductions) happen all because the parents don't keep an eye on their children. I feel these parents should be monitored (CPS) and their children placed elsewhere because they're too busy living their own lives and not being there for the safety of their children. They leave it up to others to take care of their children for them. I figure I wasn't there to make them, why should i be the one taking care of them for you?

    December 9, 2009 at 10:50 am
  105. Kay

    Why wasn't a call made to the aunt's house to confirm the whereabouts of the child?

    With all the crime being reported from the Chicago area, why was she alone?

    Did the family post fliers, signs, canvas the neighborhood for her?

    Errors were made on both sides. Parenting, it always goes back to the parenting.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:56 am
  106. Robflo3000

    In resonse to: philip la spina
    What are you talking about. this has nothing to do with Tiger Woods. You must be nuts a little girlwas murdered which was possibly avoidable with the proper attention and all you can do is hate on tiger......Get a life.

    December 9, 2009 at 11:27 am
  107. mercede29

    Jackie – I agree with you...There are lots of children that are of different races & the cops try everything that they can to help save them. Communities come together & churches – so BS on that the little girl was black. That is crazy!!! I am sorry to hear about her – I feel for her family. The police are not to blame.

    December 9, 2009 at 11:47 am
  108. Ann

    As I sit and read these post I am saddened and realized that we have such a long way to go in this country and perhaps around the world. When will the racism of all kind stop? A child is murdered and the one thing you people focus on is pointing fingers and blaming the color of a persons skin. The same thing could have happen to a white child. Not all missing children cases are flooded with media attention, sad but true. I'm just so tired of it all and the talk of injustice. No one not even one person has said anything in these post about blaming the person who took this little girls life. We are an ignorant finger pointing society and always looking for someone to blame. What was this parent thinking when she put this child on a bus by herself? Black , white, green or purple we as adults have got to do a better job of protecting our children.

    December 9, 2009 at 11:56 am
  109. JennPA

    First of all, it's a common practice in inner cities for children as young as 12 to use public transportation. I live in Philadelphia and children here use the public buses as if they were school buses, commuting back and for on them. Most of them run in crowds for safety, though.

    What I find disturbing about this case and a few others that have gotten media attention lately is that police treat missing person cases involving teenagers as potential runaways WAY before they assume something criminal could be happening. What kind of logic is that??? Police procedure should treat all missing children/teenager cases as if something criminal could be happening IMMEDIATELY. Where is the justice for the ones who aren't runaways to immediately assume the opposite? It's bad policy and procedure. I don't think it was so much the color of this girl's skin as it was her AGE. Recently a similar scenario played out in NYC with a teenage, mentally disabled boy who was found wondering the subway 10 days after he went missing! The police immediately assumed he was a runaway and took their time. It's shameful, just shameful.

    December 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm
  110. tired of tiger

    Why are you people talking about Tiger Woods? This has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do w/ him. Let's try to focus on what it is about: a horrible tragedy that a family is dealing with. I am so beyond over hearing about Tiger.

    December 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm
  111. jessica

    I think it is so wrong to throw up the race card on every issue. Regardless of the childs color, she should have never been able to get on a bus by herself. Young girls are kidnapped and killed everyday. Parents need to start watching more of Nancy Grace and protect their children. So sad.

    December 9, 2009 at 12:46 pm
  112. ET

    Dee Bryant, it is not because she is black, it is because someone did not do their job right, Why doew it have to always be a color issue? Do you know how many of this countries children are abused, killed, starved and so on each day here in th U.S??? No because most people do not pay attention. What about the mother she said she thought she was at her aunts house did she bother calling there to check on her?? People these days sit on their butts and want everyone to do everthing for them, if that was my baby first of all she would not been on the bus alone at her age and 2nd I would of been all over that place looking for her myself not siting around waiting for the cops or who ever else to get their damn paperwork in line. SHE WAS FOUND 1 BLOCK FROM HER MOMS HOUSE HELLO!!!!!!

    December 9, 2009 at 12:47 pm
  113. Kim Degailler

    Always about race, it's the parents friggin fault, plain and simple...

    December 9, 2009 at 12:47 pm
  114. Anne

    STOP trying to play the race card already. For crying out loud, did you not read the article. A 12 year old was out on a city bus ALONE at night. Then to top it off her own mother didn't report her missing until the NEXT DAY. How do you not know where your child is?? And somehow you want to blame the police for this. GIVE ME A BREAK!

    Society is scary; there are crazy people EVERYWHERE. It is our responsibility to protect our own children or family.

    December 9, 2009 at 12:49 pm
  115. Le

    Yes, parents need to instruct children that if someone tries to grab them, fight like your life depends on it, because it does. Here is a website that might help. http://www.kidsfightingchance.com/index.php
    I agree that a family has to be proactive not complacent when searching for a loved one...don't rely 100% on police. It has been proven even with little white girls- and boys- evil people know how to hide them even in the same trailer park. And most of all, pray with all one's heart for a miracle!

    December 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm
  116. Tima

    Here's a thought...Everyone played a roll in this tragedy! The parents for #1 Allowing her to travel alone @ night #2 For not following up and making sure she made it safely to her aunt's home. Her aunt for not informing the parents that she never showed on the same evening. The Police for not following through. Most of all her killer, may he/she rot in hell.
    Another thing...RACISM still thrives even where we don't think it may. You can deny it to yourselves all you want but if this child had been a little white girl you would have heard about this sooner. Wake up & pay attention people, how many "white" missing people do you hear about in the news? How many "black" missing people do you hear about in the news. You think that people of different race/color do not go missing???

    December 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm
  117. CARTER2000

    I took the public bus all over town when I was 12. What difference does it make if a kid is using a public bus or a school bus...at some point they have to get off the bus and walk home, and that's where the danger is. Everyone needs to stop judging the parents and pray the girl's killer is found before another little girl is found strangled in the woods.

    December 9, 2009 at 12:59 pm
  118. ATXMother

    We need to bring back public punishment; or use these animals as target practice. ~texas~

    December 9, 2009 at 1:08 pm
  119. Alex

    I'm pretty sure the ones to blame are the killers, and not mother/aunt/police, etc, etc.
    I can't believe someone called 12 year old a baby. 12 year olds should be capable of traveling on a bus by them selves. Don't junior highschools give bus-passes to children who live somewhere not on normal school-bus-route. I know our highschool did, but don't remember if junior highschool did.

    I think the blame is being put on the wrong people. Find those who killed her, punish them. Yes, it's worthwhile to investigate why police hasn't done what's expected in this case, but at the end of the day they weren't the ones who killed her.

    December 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm
  120. Monika

    If this child had blonde hair and blue eyes, and was put on a bus and neglected by her parents, who subsequently did not alert press that their child was missing, the the exact same outcome would have occurred.
    When people get over the attitude that nothing is their fault, that someone else is to blame for everything bad that happens to them, and that its not their job, then society will change.

    That child should never have been put on a bus alone. Maybe the police didn't do everything they could have done, but neither did the family.

    December 9, 2009 at 1:38 pm
  121. G

    As a parent, you should be the one to insure your child's safety.
    No 12 yr old should be on a bus alone at night, white, black or purple!

    December 9, 2009 at 1:41 pm
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    December 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm
  123. Give me a break.

    If your 12-year-old child didn't come home at night, would you just ASSUME that she'd stayed at her aunt's house without prior plans? Wouldn't you at least call to make sure? There may have been other failures along the way here, but ultimately, it's the parents' fault that there was a delay in reporting her missing. Had they made a simple phone call that night (mere hours after her disappearance), she may have been found right away. As it was, no one even reported her gone until she didn't come home from school the next afternoon. A 12-year-old may be old enough to ride the bus alone (though in Englewood? I don't know...) If she didn't need to be supervised, someone should've at least checked up on her. Negligence on the part of the parents, pure and simple. I'm sorry for their loss, but it has to be said. My mom wouldn't sleep at night until she knew I was home safe (well into my late teens even). If I was an hour late, she called my friends' houses to find out what the deal was. Annoying? Maybe. But at least someone cared enough to make sure I was safe. Stop passing the buck, and take responsibility for your own failures.

    December 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm
  124. Jennifer Whitaker

    This little girls' parent/guardians ought to be ashamed of themselves. If my child was staying at someone else's house for the night, you better believe he would be calling me the SECOND he walked through that door. If he didn't I would be calling that house to make sure he made it safe & sound. If this was a school bus, then of course a parent does not accompany the child. But if the mother let her 12yr old little girl ride a public bus by herself then she ought to be charged with child neglect resulting in death. There's so much negative feedback on law enforcement these days but no one ever puts any responsibilities on the parents. If MY child were missing, I wouldn't even dream that it would be the police dept's job to alert the media. I would do that myself, which would of course be in a screaming panicky mode, but it would get done none the less.

    December 9, 2009 at 2:17 pm
  125. Lorna

    Unless any of you were right there and know every possible detail about everything that occured the night this little girl went missing, you have no right to judge parents, the Chicago police department or society for her death. What we all should be doing is focusing on our own families, on ways to protect them better, on giving support to neighborhood watches, being active and volunteering with our local police departments AND school systems to ensure things are being done to teach and protect our children. Pray for this child's family, don't judge and cast blame.

    December 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm
  126. Ana S.

    It was not the Chicago PD, nor is it the race card, nor society.Its about people that never ever should have given birth. Putting a 12 yr.old on a bus , day or night alone is completely irresponsible whether it be a boy or girl. A parents job is to watch over there children and obviously this mother and aunt were to busy to find out if there daughter or neice was okay. A child is a child, period,black,white or red it doesn't matter.Its the parents responsibility to keep them safe and not throw them out on a bus and walk away and not even check to see if she arrived okay. That parent should have been on that bus, period!!!!! When you birth a child your life and conviniences are over your job is everlasting to look out for that child first and you come in last !!!

    December 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm
  127. Scott

    Why aren't the parents of this child being held accountable for allowing their 12 year old to travel unsupervised? It's horrible that it happened, but the parents need to answer for their neglect and stop trying to turn this into a case of black vs white.

    December 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm
  128. anne

    The only person to blame here is the sick, twisted, animal who killed this child. A twelve year old may or may not be able to get on a bus alone. Depends on the child. Obviously not the first time she did so. I am sure it is part of the routine in the city. Parents should have had better communication regarding her movements. Police should have made sure this had priority. Everyone involved will have enough second guessing on their own without everyone here making it worse. The family have to deal with this for ever so get off their backs and find the killer.
    Perhaps if we were less tolerant of criminal rights there would be less of this type of stuff happening. I personally have no time for all these criminal rights people.
    If you commit a crime and you are caught then you have no rights, you forfeited them when you decided that the laws we all live by do not apply to you. You can not have it both ways, disregard the law when it suits you then when you are caught breaking it depend on it to save you.
    We need to way more to protect our children. Even the average citizen has fewer and fewer protection these days it is a sad state of affairs that all the PC stuff we are subjected to is allowed to be the norm instead of common sense and common decency. Bring back the average persons rule of law!

    December 9, 2009 at 2:41 pm
  129. Kat

    Unbelievable!!! A beautiful child is dead and all anyone can do is point fingers in every direction...Its the parents fault!! No, its the Police Departments fault!! Its the Aunt's fault!! Wait!! Its societys fault!! How about the bus driver?? Has anyone questioned him/her? Maybe its the bus drivers fault!! At the end of the day Jahmeisha is gone from this world because of the evil that took her from it. When that person is found, THEN we can all point our fingers in the right direction and at the responsible person. In the meantime, send prayers, hope her family is blessed with strength and surrounded with support from friends, loved ones and community (local and worldwide). I cannot imagine their pain but I am certain they are indeed suffering, wishing they could turn back the hands of time and ultimately blaming themselves enough without the entire world needing to tell them they are to blame. God Bless!!

    December 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm
  130. Tiffany

    So Sad.... I'm going to say a special prayer for Jahmeshia and her family.

    December 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm
  131. peggy

    Okay, so Tiger cheated big time! Why have we put his wife on this high pedestal????!!!! We don't know anything about her except that she is gorgeous. That doesn't make her a saint, although today's society would disagree with me.

    December 9, 2009 at 2:50 pm
  132. Brant

    Philip

    You cant be serious!!! what does this story have anything to do with Tiger, but since you started it, lets talk about tiger. I think that everyone that is dropping his product due to image is PATHETIC!!! What did he do that was sooooo wrong, and is there any solid proof out there that he did any of these allegations? I think u need to figure out what to do about all these athlete, movie stars etc that are harming the community with drugs and weapon and such, and quite worrying about who is have sex with who. That is his business not yours not mine. For god sakes we had a president that did and we didnt impeach him, as a matter of fact his image probably got better. Hang in there TIGER and dont listen to these freaking idiots!!!

    December 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm
  133. bekah

    Why was a 12 year of girl on a bus in chicago by herself anyway? Her parents are ultimately responsible for her safety. If she was going to stay with her aunt, she should have been taken there, not allowed to go by herself, she was only 12 for heaven's sake. Put the blame where blame lies, not with the police department, but with her mother that just assumed she was with the aunt and didn't bother to check. It has nothing to do with her being black and poor. The police are not supposed to raise children, their parents are.

    December 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm
  134. Tracy

    I can't believe that once again a tragic story turns to race and the blame gets placed on anyone other than the parents of this poor girl. Who in their right mind puts a 12 year old child on a bus alone at night and then doesn't think about it until the next day. It's not about the color of their skin, hair or eyes, it's about the responsibilty of the person who is supposed to be protecting her.

    December 9, 2009 at 3:29 pm
  135. Shannon Malone

    Why in this country is a celebs life is so much more important than that of a missing child. This stuff keeps happening and we keep letting it. I could care less about Tiger's marrige and what he does or who he does. These people are no better than you and me so why do we feel when they srew their lives up that we need round the clock coverage. This is stupid Tiger is an idiot. That's that enough already .
    These kids that are missing the deserve that round the clock coverage. My heart goes out to this little girls family. This has got to stop Our kids deserve better than this.

    December 9, 2009 at 3:33 pm
  136. Wow

    philip la spina, you need to reread, this is about a child who has lost her life, you are discussing Colby and Tiger, grow up, no one is interested in that mess, they are not the 1st rich men to have affairs and they are definitely not going to be the last. We are tired of this affair mess, they were caught and so what.
    Write about something someone is interested in.

    For the family of the deceased, you have my deepest sympathy. I hope they find who did this to your child.

    December 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm
  137. a mother

    Now to start Socorro your very ignorant. This is a crime that has been happening in this country for years when OBAMA wasnt president. so please dont say that crap cause thats what it is crap that your saying. But being from a state (sc) that is very split black and white much like chicago you do see diffrent approches taking for African americans than you do for the tupical blonde blue eyes. I blame her parents yes because shes 12 and i would never let my 12 year old go anywhere alone and if i did where abouts would be confirmed, but besides all that the reaction of the police department was slow. this child was alive at least 2 weeks 2 weeks are you kidding me and no amber alert. SHE MAY HAVE RAN AWAY but there was not evidence to that. so why wasant this put out by the police. From its carzy police in the case of Summer the little girl from flordia the was out as soon as they were contacted. so dnt say race doesnt play a factor this child could have been found if they responded like they were suppose to. this is not the first time the same department has been in the news for racially handling cases based on the color of the victims skin or where and what community they come from.SLEEPING ON DUTY you could have brought this child home.

    December 9, 2009 at 4:32 pm
  138. Angela

    Note to self... NEVER move to Chicago. They have a very bad crime problem and if I lived there and had young children I would move. It's not worth it. Look at the news. Chicago is falling apart!

    December 9, 2009 at 4:43 pm
  139. Christina

    This is not an issue of race – it is an issue of negligent parenting! Yes....it does seem the police department failed to alert the media – but why didn't this sweet girl's family alert the media themselves?? If my 12 year old daughter were missing – I WOULD NOT wait for someone else to send an alert. Not to mention I don't let my 14 year old walk down our road alone and we live in a rural area – I can't imagine letting her get on public transit in a major metropolitan area and not making sure she had arrived at her destination! While my heart breaks for her family – they cannot blame the Chicago PD.

    December 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm
  140. Matt

    It's a sad situation but the police aren't the only ones to blame here. They do share in the responsibility for not getting word to the media but why would the mom not even call or check in to see if her daughter made it? That just sounds fishy to me.

    December 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm
  141. Matt

    It's also sad that people throw in race when its conveinent. Did the cops kill her? No. Is it their job to be a responsible parent? No. This is on the mother, not for being poor or black (not sure if she's poor or not)b/c she never called ot check in on her own 12 yr old daughter who was riding the bus alone. Why was the mother not proactive. I would have been at the police station handing out flyers on the street. Talking to everyone. Whyw ould you just sit back and let the police handle it? Why would you not get out there yourself?

    December 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm
  142. Tyrone

    Could the mother not even trouble herself enough to call the aunts' house that night to say "goodnight" to her child? Perhaps then she would have known that her child didn't arrive safely.

    December 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm
  143. Deb

    Wouldn't it have been fairly simple to call the Aunt and verify that her daughter was there? I don't understand this part of the story. This is Chicago and a 12-year old traveling by herself? We should all know by now that children need guidance and protection. I'm amazed every day I look out the windows and see children running around in the streets with no parents in sight. The family has my sympathy, and I hope whoever did this is found quickly.

    December 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm
  144. Reanjo

    So sad, many people are focused on pointing fingers at parents, police department, etc. ANOTHER child has been murdered. How about some sympathy in your hearts for THAT?? My heart and prayers go out to this family, yet another group of people left to grieve because of the existence of evil in our communities. Also want to say that I am so SICK of the Tiger coverage by NG. I will just get my updates by coming on line and give her show a rest, since she seems to be as starstruck as the rest of the world.

    December 9, 2009 at 6:00 pm
  145. stephanie

    She should not have been put on the bus by herself.

    December 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm
  146. Tara

    The fault rests squarely with families who do not value their children enough to take the time and effort to escort them, and make sure they are protected. There is NO excuse for a 12 year old traveling around town by herself. None. This family neglected their duty to this child. ALSO- is this the truth?? It could be a cover story. Perhaps someone in the family has done this crime. Remember the little girl who was discovered missing (Shania)? Or Haleigh Cummings? People don't simply lose track of their kids for hours and don't notice.

    December 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm
  147. mizzmax19

    @Nikki, I agree with your comment. This child should have not been on the bus by herself, the morning of her disapearance, she had an argument with her mother which is why the police treated it as a runaway. Trust me, i was 12 once and I wasn't always honest about where I was going and even ran into trouble now an then.

    The bottom line is that parents have to protect thier children every step of the way. Pick them up, drop them off, especially your little girls. Too much freedom is not good. You can blame everyone in the world, but this was definatley a case of neglience on everyone's part.

    December 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm
  148. Tiny

    I can't believe these people. The people on this blog stating that her race had nothing to do with her disappearance are "lost". Where have have you all been? In a closet? We all know that missing black children do not get the same media play as missing white children. If so trust, that you would hear a hell of a lot more amber alerts and news bulletins. It just burns my soul to read some of these blogs and see that there are still those " We are the world" people out there who believe the we are all equal now. Right!! I hate to burst your bubble but as black american I can tell you first hand that we were not equal and have never been looked at as equal. Wake up people!! Stop with the lies and fake we are equal crap. Sounds like you all need a true history lesson.

    December 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm
  149. Tiny

    So what do we do now. Walk every step of the way with our children. Stop working and attend school with them so we can make sure they don't get hurt. Yeah, right!! This girl was 12 years old. How many 12 year olds have you seen walking home or on the bus. So please, take that it's all the parents fault to the trash. This is a bunch of crap. The comments that are made by the " race is not an issue " people are just retarded. Your right race should not be an issue but get it right people, IT IS!!!

    December 9, 2009 at 6:54 pm
  150. Michele

    The mother didn't even call the aunt to try to check on her daughter ?(if she thought her daughter was there.)
    Negligent!

    December 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm
  151. Jay

    The real reason, SHE WAS BLACK. It happens all the time. Hate to be stereotypical of the media, but that's the way it is. I wish the media and law enforcement would treat every child as a PRIORITY! EVERY CHILD SHOULD BE MADE A TOP STORY. This is so sad . Things like this weigh heavy on a person's heart.

    December 9, 2009 at 8:23 pm
  152. Lauren

    Last time i checked this was a story about the little girl whos life ended way to early. It has nothing to do with Tiger and his wife. Dont take away from this little girl!! What Tiger "ALLEGED" did was not the topic. Leave him out of this and focus on this little girl and her family and bringing the sick person to justice.

    December 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm
  153. Matthew

    Wow, are we really getting into a racial debate about this little girl? Why does everything have to be about race? Perhaps it really was just neglagence on the precinct's part? Furthermore, I'm in disbelief that many are letting the blame fall just on the police department's shoulders. The mother shouldn't have let her adolescent wander off, and not double check with family members, and I SURE wouldn't let some police department not make a high profile case out of my missing child. I would have raised hell everyday, until my daughter's face was everywhere.

    December 9, 2009 at 9:06 pm
  154. Julia

    This is a terrible tragedy and it is happening way too often! I am not blaming ANYONE except the sick child killer responsible. This is not about race. EVERY child that goes missing in the US does not end up on the evening national news. Why is it always about race? I just do not understand why parents do not want to do their job and protect their kids. You hear everyday about these child killer monsters on the news and yet we as parents fail out kids by not watching them and letting them out of our sight. Know where your children are at ALL times and do not let them out in public places alone without supervision.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm
  155. kerry

    do some of you idiots not watch the news,every day somebody some where gets killed,raped,robbed,sexually assaulted.and so on,red,yellow,black and white,blondehair,brown hair,red hair it doesnt matter.Theres a lot of sick people in this world,all the more reason why parents should do what they are appointed by God to do when they concieve a child.Children are gifts from God and WE the parents are supposed to take care of them and protect them from any harm no matter what we may have to saccrifice.Put the blame where the blame should be.children are just that, c h i l d r e n untill they become adults.

    December 9, 2009 at 11:44 pm
  156. MadraveN

    Of course, let's play the race card. Why doesn't someone place the blame where it belongs-squarely on the parents. Human error happens all the time, no matter the color of the skin. Shame on you people for playing the race card. RIP little one.

    December 9, 2009 at 11:46 pm
  157. Galoux

    *sigh* As soon as I saw the little girl was black, I knew that there would be a slew of accusations of racism. Does it occur to these people that lots of the police are black? Or that, hey, maybe people who are hired to enforce the law, whetehr black or white, actually care about people regardless of their race?

    These days you can barely pry a person–any person–away from the cell phone. Much as my heart goes out to the parents, why weren't they calling and checking on their daughter? Just to say goodnight, even. I blame whoever did this horrible thing. But the next place I look to place error is not at the cops, but at the parents.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:01 am
  158. lisa w

    its not the color of her skin or any childs skin,they are our children.its those SICKOS who prey on children that are to blame.along w/the people who where supposed to take care of her.GOD BE WITH YOU ALL.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:10 am
  159. Vera Waitress

    People in the neighborhood know where the trouble is, but they're too afraid to speak up.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:39 am
  160. Vera Waitress

    Typo: that "caused" the lack of media coverage.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:49 am
  161. Jeffery

    The simple fact is, the media would not pick this story up because the victim was black.

    In every missing person's case, if the girl is white and attractive, they jump on that immediately, save the princess syndrome.

    She is black, with a black-sounding name and and not "pretty" by society's standards, so the police or society could care less.

    December 10, 2009 at 4:18 am
  162. Mimi

    I agree with all the folks who are wondering why the PARENTS

    December 10, 2009 at 6:36 am
  163. Mimi

    I agree with all the folks who are asking why the police are being blamed? Who lets a child that age hop a bus at night by herself? And then doesn't even check to see if she got to her destination? No call made until the next DAY?? Please! Instead of the age-old "blame the police" scenario, how about looking at her family? And you're going to wait for the police to alert the media? What's wrong with her family alerting the media? Most parents would be screaming for the media to get involved instead of sitting back and waiting for someone else to do it (and screaming it's because she's not blonde haired and blue eyed and from a wealthy family). Instead of blaming others, they need to turn that eye of scrutiny on themselves. And if someone in the police dept. DID make a mistake by not getting the info to the media, it is THAT PERSON'S fault and not the entire Chicago PD, for crying out loud! Heck, someone in her family may even have done this, did anyone think about that????? May this precious little girl rest in peace–what a horrible ending to such a beautiful little life. And if others around her would have protected her as she should have been, she might still be here. I sincerely hope they catch the monster who killed this little girl.

    December 10, 2009 at 6:42 am
  164. Sheila - New Orleans

    I agree, the mother should have been on top of this. To wait an entire day before realizing your child did not make it home is negligent. There obviously was no communication between the aunt and the mother. As far as putting a 12 year old on a city bus alone – I would not do it. However, some people have no choice. We don't know all of the circumstances here. Maybe the mother had to work overnight, who knows. All I know is a child is dead and we have to stop pointing fingers, solve the murder, put the creep away for good and fix what was done wrong (i.e., amber alerts need to go out sooner). We also have to fix the system to include runaways because they are potential victims and are minors and so we need to protect them.

    December 10, 2009 at 7:29 am
  165. Jerry

    Forget parental responsibility! Pull the race card, call Jesse, call Al and prepare for a lawsuit against the P.D.!

    December 10, 2009 at 8:01 am
  166. paul wise

    thank you

    December 10, 2009 at 8:10 am
  167. Star

    in 1993 I was living in South side Chicago (Hyde Park). I cut through Englewood on my way somewhere and got pulled over by a BLACK police officer who told me he was going to escort me out of the neighborhood for my safety. This is not a pretty part of Chicago. This tragedy is a combination of factors-people enured by poverty and a hard life into lack of awareness of proper supervision of a child, and poor inter-family communications, as well as a system overwhelmed by thousands of these cases. There is an apathy in the police department, true, borne of burn out and some racism, but the entire Chicago police department is not white, you know.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:29 am
  168. tired of the bs

    It was not a computer glitch or a human mistake.... its because she is a minority. I usually do not like to pull the "race card" but really just look at all the high profile missing cases(not just children) and how many minority stories are not covered.... You always hear about the well to do white mother with 5 kids living in the suburbs of America for weeks and weeks after the case is over and the person is found. The media only wants to publish what they want ... I guess a young black child from the southside of Chicago doesn't count enough.... but if it were a child missing in the air in a balloon oh they would call air support 20mins BEFORE the child goes missing lol funny.... hmmmm

    December 10, 2009 at 9:14 am
  169. brandi

    Ya know....You need to really stop with the racist comments...i know you may feel that way cause of the way you were brought up in life or similiar things happening...But this lil girl was clearly a victim from the familys part...First of all dont let your 12 yr old girl on a pubic bus alone...especially at night..Secondly...You make sure she made it safely..if you were crazy enough to send her alone..3rdly you DO NOT wait the following day to check on ur child or report ur child missing...And finally..if she was going by aunt...why did the aunt not phone and say..hey she didnt show..so i understand the police messed up..But this is not police fault...Please put blame where it belongs..I dont pity the parents..they belong doing time for this and to the police department...No more slip ups...do what your suppose to...seriously you may have been able to save the life of this child...the parents needs schooling on how to parent b4 anymore kids are brought here by them...well thats my opinion...we all have them

    December 10, 2009 at 9:16 am
  170. kmg

    I know some people here are upset about a 12-year-old girl taking public trasportation alone in Chicago..but it is a very common practice. I was just on Chicago transit this morning and now I am sitting at the Chicago Sun-Times. Not that big of a deal. Secondly, I was in France a few months ago. ALL the children there take public transportation to school (if they don't live close enough to walk or their parents don't drive them) and I'm sure these things happen everywhere every so often. Am I saying that the Chicago Police acted correctly? NO. However, her parents did nothing wrong allowing their child to take a bus/train. But don't dare blame her parents.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:49 am
  171. John

    Although I certainly think the police department should have pushed for media converage, as a father of two little girls, I can tell you that my wife and I would be leading the charge and busting down the doors of every news organization we could find. So, with all due respect and sympathy for the family, what were they doing about it during that time period?

    December 10, 2009 at 10:09 am
  172. rob

    This is sad but I have two kids and if one of them got on a bus somehwere I would never assume that they stayed at their aunts house I would call to verify they made it there. Blame the police but the police should have been called the first night by a responsible parent.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:41 am
  173. Tabitha

    you people are ridiculous!! there are blond hair blue eyed babies that get kidnapped and murdered!! to pull out the race card is typical! what about shaniya davis?? they pulled out all the stops looking for her and had her all over the media!!get real!! put your race card away and look at the bigger picture!!

    December 10, 2009 at 10:44 am
  174. Brandi

    Why has there been no comment on how the mother "thought" she was staying with an aunt? Hello? Your kid doesn't come home, and you "think" she's staying with her aunt, but you don't call to make sure she's staying there? Or that she made it there safely?

    December 10, 2009 at 10:44 am
  175. Texas Pete

    I read alot of comments about why a 12 y/o was on the bus by herself. Obviously, those of you who ask such a question was not raised in a city. I was on a bus by my self by 10. I would go to grandma's, my aunts to school and sometimes to my best friends house. The problem in our country is a 12 y/o is treated like a dumb baby and that is why most of them are child like a. I lived overseas and a 12 y/o there is 20 times smarter and even acts more mature than an American 16 y/o. You can not blame the city life for this. Truth is, if someone wanted that child enough, it does not matter how many adults were with her or if she was safe in her bed in a house full of people they will get her. It appears it would have been someone she knew anyway.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:57 am
  176. Mitch

    Denice, you are dumb. You are like most of the population, blame someone else for your mistakes. the blame can be attributed to one person, the mother. What kind of parent doesn't find out where the child is when they do not come home from school?

    December 10, 2009 at 11:21 am
  177. pete

    its everyone else's fault except the family! The Police, bus dept, media....blah, blah blah. Why don't people take responsibility for their own stupidity?! When you have a baby, it's not up to society to ensure health and security for it. It"s the resposibility of the Family!

    December 10, 2009 at 11:23 am
  178. Holly

    Her mother never called the aunt to check on the child? The child was found one block from where the mother lives? Hum?????

    December 10, 2009 at 11:23 am
  179. Casi

    Why does this always have to be about race? Many white, hispanic, asian, all kinds of children go missing everyday and all people want to say is that she was Black and thats why no one paid attention to her??? OMG people grow up! It is now 2009, almost 2010 and Black people have the same rights as everyone else if not more because of all the fussing they do about not having rights! If anything white people are the minority now, not black people. It doesn't matter if someone has blond hair or black hair! Where were her parents? I sure as hell know where my daughter is at all times! Why did her mom just brush it off and not call police until the next day? Thats what the focus should be, not Oh shes black and no one cares!

    December 10, 2009 at 11:31 am
  180. Crystal

    I have to agree with Ray. I wonder if the color of her skin played a part. Most of the time it is the little white girls whose disappearances make the news. I am white and I am ashamed that this seems to be the norm. When are we going to place the same value on all children? The fact that she was on a bus alone isn't the real issue. The issue is shouldn't the police have taken her disappearance seriously at the very beginning and what role could race have played in the fact that they didn't?

    December 10, 2009 at 11:57 am
  181. Hilary

    It is ridiculous to say it is "all of society's fault."
    Society didn't murder the little girl. A sick man murdered her.
    I agree with everyone else who has stated that her mother should have never let her ride the bus alone, and should have checked up on her. That is what parents of 12 year olds do.
    I also agree that bringing up the fact that she is black doesn't help anything.
    White parents neglect thier children too.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm
  182. deborah

    Helen, how can you use the phrases "I hope they are PUT TO DEATH" and I PRAY for the family in the same paragraph????
    I pray for peace for the family. and hope for a conviction for the killer.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm
  183. Nancy

    Oh brother!

    How many police do youthink we have in Chicago? Why do we always blame the CPD for everything? What have we done? We need to egt back to old school parenting. There is no way I would be on the bus by myself at 12 and if that was the only option then my mother would have known that something happened to me because she as well as other family members would have been waiting for me at the bus stop!!! Stop placing blame at everyine except ourselves! It's media its CPD its the government.

    What about confirming and speaking to your child and relative if the plan is for your child to stay over on a SCHOOL night? Once you have done that, what about saying good morning to your child the next morning? what about checking at the school to make sure she made it to school?

    Let's raise our children and let's work to make sure our neighborhoods are safer by telling on Pookie Nem when they do something! Let's find the person that committed this and other crimes!

    December 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm
  184. B

    I don't think it was the color of her skin that caused this debacle. Everyone who wrote on these comments seem to think because it is a black girl the cops didn't give any effort to look for her.

    Where is the parent who is responsible for this little girl? Was she at home on drugs? Was she at work? Why did the mom not check on the little girl since she was suppose to be at her Aunt's?

    Why is any time anything happens to a black person it is because of their skin you think the white man didn't help. Grow up, we have a black president.

    December 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm
  185. Erica

    Why didn't the mother and aunt talk that night? Why didn't the aunt call the mom saying the 12 yr old had never made it? Why hadn't the mother called to say goodnight to her 12 yr old if she was spending the night at her aunt's? Why was a 12 yr old riding on a bus alone at night? Sounds like a bunch of idiots to me. This poor little girl lost her life due to irresponsibe adults. And to the loser who did this to her... you'll get yours. Child killers always do!

    December 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm
  186. jane

    I don't believe it was race, could have been but that's something we'll never know because no one will ever admit it.But an Amber Alert should have definitely been sounded by the police.
    But come on!! The article doesn't say what type of bus it was. School bus is one thing, but a public bus!! Are you kidding me!!!!???? Alone!!!!???? Hell no!!! Never ever ever would I let a child get on a public bus alone!! and if she was supposed to be somewhere that night, the mother or the father didn't callt o make sure she was there safely???? Shame on the parents!!! Wow...parents are definitely to blame and so are the police. Shame on all parties involved!!!

    December 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm
  187. B

    John – I agree with you. I have a 13 year old son – I don't let him out of my sight. I drive him to and from his activities – I make sure he is safe as much as I can. It is MY JOB as a parent. I would have taken her myself on the bus if I were her parent or family member.

    What a shame, this little beautiful girl – I hope they catch the animal that did this.

    December 10, 2009 at 2:35 pm
  188. DECATUR

    i think it is unfair for all of you to claim that it is some fault of race, money, or religion. the long and the short of it is that a little girl was taken from this earth too early and that it is tragic for her family and friends. chicago has nothing on decatur, il and our police try and do the best they can. how would you feel if you had to go to work everyday scared that someone may shoot and kill you just because of the uniform you wear? sorry and as far as race goes i think it is safe to say that.................people of all races have made their own beds and they can now lay in it.

    December 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm
  189. Josie

    I have a couple of things to say...one yes the Chicago Police missed up somewhere, but they are human. At least they admitted their mistake (be it too late) and not pushing the blame to someone else.

    BUT what parent in their RIGHT mind lets a 12 year old girl go by herself on a city bus without an adult with her! Even if she is responsible and has done this many times, which brings me to the other point. If the mother thought her daughter stayed with her aunt, why didn't she call that evening to confirm that thought and not wait till the next morning, or why didn't the aunt not call her mother and let her know her niece was over there? I know that is what me and my sister would have done if one of our daughters did that. Once both of those family member realized it as soon as possible, the police could have been looking even earlier for that girl.

    December 10, 2009 at 2:41 pm
  190. CONCERNED PARENT

    STOP BLAMING AND POINTING THE FINGER EVERYBODY, COULD YOU ALL EVEN IMAGINE HOW THIS MOTHER FEELS, I'M A MOTHER SO I CAN, I'VE SEEN CHILDREN ON THE BUS BY THEIRSELVES, SO THAT'S NOT IT, COMMUNICATION IS FORGOTTEN SOMETIMES, PRAY FOR BIRDIE AND HER FAMILY! COULD OF, WOULD OF, SHOULD OF, IT'S TOO LATE FOR THAT, POLICE WHERE CALLED, BUT WHAT DID THEY DO? THEY SERVE AND PROTECT, ISN'T THAT WHAT THEIR CARS SAY
    BIRDIE WE LOVE YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU!
    THESE PRAYERS ARE COMING FROM 63RD STREET
    PEOPLE WANTS TO KNOW WHY SHE WASN'T BREAKING DOWN ON TV, THAT'S WHAT YOU ALL WANT A SHOW, IT'S NOT FOR YOU TO SEE WHAT SHE'S GOING THRU, EVERYBODY GRIEVES DIFFERENT, REMEMBER THAT! WE'RE NOT THE SAME, AT ALL

    December 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm
  191. RKNIGHT

    Amen April. There were Four kids kidnapped and their heads were cut off and all the media was too busy dealing into the private life of Tiger Woods. Society or let's be clear, the media really do not give a damn. except maybe the efforts of Nancy Grace. Everybody else is about the drama of it and not the reality.

    December 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm
  192. Jules

    Come on people, we all know "white, blond girls" that have gone missing and were found dead. There are many outlets to get the story out there and yet none were taken. Instead of playing the "race" card why don't we get the story straight first. Usually it isn't the "police" that push the media to get the story out there it is the parents. I have seen African American kids splashed all over the media that were missing so I doubt the media refused it.
    As others have mentioned, why did it take so long for anyone to notice she was missing? Don't really want to point fingers but there is ALOT more to it and to just pull the "race" card so quickly is just obsurd.
    And for the record I am Native American so there is no bias...

    December 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm
  193. Sam

    The mother should be arrested for not knowing where her kid is. She just assumed the child went to the Aunt's house. But did she ever call to make sure?

    That, people, is parental negligence. If she had checked up on her kid sooner maybe things would be different.

    And if my kid was missing I would personally get the word out to EVERY website, newspaper and TV channel that would help- I would not sit by and do nothing.

    Is this girl's mom a drug addict or something? At least that would explain her total lack of parental responsibility.

    December 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm
  194. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Blonde ,blue-eyed females disappear often in America. Never to be seen again. I can see all of their faces in my mind. OCD Nancy Grace won't let us forget their faces.

    December 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm
  195. Jamilah

    First off, I want to say that this is so sad, we need to be focusing on getting these predators/animals off the streets, not sitting here casting blame on this child's parent's.
    This child wasn't 6, 7, or 10, she was 12 years old and in Junior High School, they are a lot of children that age who ride the bus to and from school so please place the blame where it belongs and it belongs on this predator.
    When I was 12, I was in 8th Grade and I was riding the bus to and from school, this could have happened to anyone, this could happen to your child, you can't watch a child every second of every minute, of every hour, everyday. I have 4 children, my oldest 2 boys are 13, 10.
    I drive my 13 year old to school, but he walks home, my 10 year old, I drive or walk him to school at all times, because he is still young, but in a lot of ways he's more mature than my son in 8th Grade, every child is different, so us as parent's just have to know when our child is ready to take that next step.

    PLEASE FIND THIS BASTARD & BRING HIM TO JUSTICE, DON'T LET HER DEATH BE IN VAIN, FIND HIM, LOCK HIM UP & THROW AWAY THE KEY.
    UNFORTUNATELY WHEN THEY DO FIND HIM, THEY WILL PROTECT HIM BY PUTTING HIM IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR HIS OWN SAFETY & PROTECTION.
    HOW TWISTED IS OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM?
    ENJOY YOUR DAY & GOD BLESS!!!

    December 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm
  196. Esteban Dabdoub

    It's so obvious that this poor young girl was not deemed important to the local law enforcemnt agencies because of the color of her skin and her social standing. Welcome to America, the land of racial and social discrimination.

    December 10, 2009 at 5:21 pm
  197. Esteban Dabdoub

    It's shamefull that a wealthy super star who is alleged to have committed numerous acts of adulery gets tons of media attention and a poor black 12 year old girl gets ignored by the lawenforcement agencies as well as the local media.

    December 10, 2009 at 5:23 pm
  198. Phoenix Pearson

    Totally unacceptable...is what I have to say. Not only was he cheating on his wife, but to make matters even worse, he was cheating on his wife WHILE she was pregnant!!! When you didn't think that it could get worse...let's not forget either that he has had mutiple sex partners throughout his entire marriage. Seriously, for a man who has tried to portray himself as a squealy clean gentleman, I think that he really has exposed himself and the world's worst hypocrite. He may have all the money in the world, but that certainly doesn't justify his very LUDE behavior. I guess that money doesn't buy class. I will never look at him the same, and hopefully neither will the rest of the world. Funny enough how all of his little side flings have come out of the woodwork.....I guess that they want to get paid off!!!! That esentially just makes them high priced call girls. So, not only is he a slimeball, but his little floozy side-kick girls are just as dirty as him. Shame on those women too for getting involved with a married man. KARMA IS A FUNNY THING! If I had one piece of advice for Tiger's wife.....DIVORCE HIM.

    December 10, 2009 at 5:46 pm
  199. SHELL

    If she a was a cute little white girl they would of photocopied that picture and hit the streets...NO AMBER ALERT??!!!?? ....But because that wasnt the case....She lost her life....Our system NEEDS TO CHANGE!

    All people care about is dancing with the stars and american idol.....What about the children??

    December 10, 2009 at 6:27 pm
  200. V.XIII

    Why dont we get low-jacs or medical alert type systems for kids?

    December 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm
  201. anne shelton

    NANCY -
    I realize this is old news, but I want to set the record straight. I saw your comment that fundraising efforts in schools were unacceptable because they "only" received 50 %. Yes, the schools receive their percentage right off the top, free and clear. Now, do you think the Great Fundraising God just drops that product into the warehouse at no charge? Sorry, but it has to be paid for. As well as the shipping, the computer work, the student packing, the prizes for the students (which -for us- includes a Mega Party with eight large inflatables, a snow-cone machine, etc.) and other items as well. We work very hard, make a modest living, and have done so for 25 years.
    We are members of AFRDS, the Association of Fund-Raising Distributors & Suppliers.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:34 pm
  202. Becky

    Just stop making all these ridiculous comments. A precious little girl is gone and all anyone can do is argue about who's fault it is. The picture displayed shows a vibrant, beautiful, happy child who was probably full of dreams and had a bright outlook on her future. She probably made good grades in school, liked spending time with her friends and family, and was a joy to be around. She has a story of a life lived and you and I don't know what it is. That's the story that should be posted. Celebrate Jahmeshia! Whoever did this will be punished, if not now then when the Good Lord makes his Judgement. Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord (Romans 12:19)

    December 10, 2009 at 10:36 pm
  203. Sara

    It was thought that she was staying with her aunt? And her being gone was not reported until the next day? That's a huge problem. Why wasn't the aunt contacted immediately to confirm that her niece was in fact with her if that's the case? C'mon, this girl was twelve. When I was twelve my parents knew where I was at all times, because they called. They communicated. They made sure. I think that's the saddest part. I feel bad for this family, but I'm confused as to why the girl was not checked on sooner.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:47 am
  204. Polly

    I'm so sick of people blaming "race." Get over it. Yes, the Chicago police failed miserably.... but don't you think the mother should not have assumed her 12 year old daughter was staying at her aunts house.? It probably would have been appropriate for her to know where her minor child was. Was she in the habit of leaving home and staying places without her mother knowing where she was? Sorry for your loss but you need to take some of the blame as well.

    December 11, 2009 at 7:40 am
  205. Crystal

    My twelve year old daughter was not allowed on the bus by herself, day or night, I kept an eye on my child and even though she is twenty, she still lives at home and all I ask is that she calls if she is going to be late. Its about making sure that your children are safe, no matter where you live, what color you are or if you are a single parent or not. Having a child is a 24 hour 7day a week job. Its not smothering to watch over your kids as they get older. That is your job as a responsible parent.

    December 11, 2009 at 8:16 am
  206. Kimberly

    Why are making Tiger's personal issue news. I love Nancy Grace, but this is NOT news. We need to place our energy into real news and get out of their business. We ALL live in GLASS houses.

    December 11, 2009 at 8:30 am
  207. Mike Maciejewski

    How come the issue of her color has ANYTHING to do with this poor girl and the outcome her family and community must deal with? KELLY – leave the race card out of it and move on, make something of your life without putting up barriers for yourself......

    December 11, 2009 at 8:38 am
  208. Concerned Citizen

    It is really sickening to hear about another beautiful innocent child like Jahmeshia being abused and killed. When will this nation have enough of the sickos preying on children and taking their precious lives. Anyone who abuses a child and is found guilty should immediately be executed because there is no forgiveness for these heinous crimes.

    There is certainly much blame to go around from the family to the police but this will happen again under different circumstances because child predators have more rights than their victims. They get probation, parole and every chance to do right but will not control their monstrous behavior and our society continues to let them get away with it.

    Even more sickening is many people who posted comments really don't give a damn about this poor child and the inhumane way in which her life was ended. You stupid morons only care about being right about who is to blame and pointing fingers. Who cares – all of that will be sorted out in the end. If you don't care enough about this child to express grief and condolences regarding her life then you should just shut the hell up. And the super morons who posted comments because they are still obsessed with the Tiger Woods crap even though their was a prominent picture and story on this murdered child – you are beyond patehtic and the internet is probably the only place you can feel some since of importance.

    December 11, 2009 at 8:39 am
  209. Kelly

    I'm appalled that we are all blaming the police, the parents and the aunt for the death of this innocent child!! The ONLY one to blame is the person who actually put his/her hands on Jahmeshia! As police officers, we are not perfect; as aunts we are not perfect and certainly as parents, we are not perfect. I imagine there are MANY 12 year olds who take the bus by themselves in a very urban environment. But the rest of us turn a blind eye if someone seems to be in trouble or choose not to keep an eye on a child who is traveling alone. Please pray for the family of this little girl, the police officers who are trying to find the person who hurt her AND the person who actually hurt her. We are ALL God's children, and He loves us all.

    December 11, 2009 at 8:44 am
  210. Calvin

    First of all, God Bless this child. I will say first that it is the moms responsibility to ensure that this child makes it to point A, to point B. and she failed miserbly. I will stop short of saying that this is a white and black issue, because if mom was on top of things, this would be a dead issue. However, don't dare belive for a moment that justice is not racial bias. It truly is. Even the former President Bush stated that the prison system is grossly unfair towards minorities. Minorities makes up just over 30 pecent of the american population, but blacks out number whites in prison 5 to 1. See for yourself at the Bureeau of Justice website (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/prisons.htm) It says this on the fornt page {At midyear 2008, there were 4,777 black male inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents being held in state or federal prison and local jails, compared to 1,760 Hispanic male inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents and 727 white male inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents}. I realize that I really got off subject, however the point needs to made, and proven to the people that thinks everything is on an even playing field. It is not, and if you are not a minority, how would you even know, sometimes it puzzles me that non minorities can even give their opinion on an minority issue that they never have to deal with. Their are still motels in Ameria that still won't even rent rooms to blacks. Ed Bradly, the CBS news anchor proved that, by going around to different motel chains anonymously in the US to prove that racism is alive and well.

    I hate it as when us blacks play the race card in something that is clearly our fault, but I hate it equally when whites ignore that racism is as strong as ever, not saying that it's the case with this little girl. I think that there's not as much priority place on urban city issues, as there are in the nice sub-division. I honestly believe that a white child in the same area, would have garnered the same results.

    December 11, 2009 at 8:46 am
  211. J.R.

    I live in Chicago...the Mayor, Chief of Police and their henchmen dont care as much as they say in these news confrneces. You go down there to your local precint or the county building to file reports and the cops behind the desks have poor attitudes like you owe them something. they swear at you and they finish their conversation with co-workers about what they did last night and its really a total joke. im sure that when this family tried to get the police to inform the media they did what they were suppose to do, unfortunatlly the police get so many of these missing kid rports its like, the boy that cried wolf. they probably didnt take it serious and let it sit on a desk, because once their shift ends they leave and dont tell the next shift leader to follow up on things. If my perfermance rating at my job was like their performance rating at their job i would have been fired a long time ago. Welcome to the pay to play state where they put more emphasis on giving somebody a boot for having more than 2 parking tickets and trying to make parking meters in overcrowded neighborhoods 24hrs. Daley should be kicked in his @ss because or schools are jacked.

    People are asking why didnt her parents make sure she was getting home safely. I understand that, i leave work early sometime just to get my kids but all parents cant. the city tax here is like 12.5% and its really hard for a family that doesnt have the finacially stabilty to be everywhere. if you come to this city you will see a lot of kids walking home and take the bus and the 'L' train by themsleves. A better questions is, why doesnt CPS (Chicago Public School) have a bus system for kids that want to do activities after school? If its school related or not, bus drivers could use the extra money and the city officials owe it to the people because they give the blue collar people a hard time with so much.

    Also, the men in these neighborhoods need to be out here walking their blocks and watching kids and volunteering their time. I saw the numbers for unemployment the other day and if that many people are not working than they can atleast sit on their porch and keep an eye on the block.

    Its a shame when the political agenda over rides the life of a child. We r all doomed!!!!

    December 11, 2009 at 9:19 am
  212. Posey35

    Are you telling me that not even one cop watches the news in Chicago? Not even one cop couldn't figure out why this wasn't on the news and then speak out about it? How sad. Why didn't the family call WGN? Something stinks about this whole mess and the girl had to pay for it.

    December 11, 2009 at 9:46 am
  213. Jennifer

    You are all very quick to point fingers and place blame, on the parents and on the police, but I don't see anyone putting the blame where it really belongs – on the sick s.o.b who murdered this child. Society as a whole needs better protection from these predators!

    December 11, 2009 at 9:58 am
  214. Mon

    Legally, aren't all parents responsible for the well-being of their children until the age of 18? Does allowing a little girl to travel on the bus alone seem responsible? Furthermore – say the child did make it safely to the Aunt's house – wouldn't it have been lovely if the parent called to say "Goodnight, Sweetie, I love you."? The primary fault lies with the neglectful and irresponsible parent(s). Had proper supervision been in place, none of this would've happened. May the child RIP.

    December 11, 2009 at 10:03 am
  215. Lisa

    My prayers are with the family. That is a shame that it was not in the media. I have a teen daughter and I pray everyday when she get off the bus that there is no one watching or waiting on her to hurt her,but you have to put them in god hands. She looks like a sweet girl. May she rest in peace! I hope the person is found and justice gives them what they deserve(whom ever it is).

    December 11, 2009 at 10:12 am
  216. James

    This has nothing to do with her being black, nothing to do with the police. It has to do with the ignorance of the girl's mother and aunt. Come on!. "I thought she might have been at her aunt's house". What a load of crap.

    December 11, 2009 at 10:43 am
  217. Jennifer M

    Just me and others that agree, you are absolutely right! Unfortunately times have changed and with that said it is extremely important to know where your children are at all times. For a mother to just "think" she was at her aunts....its possible she was drunk and doped up on drugs to even care where her daughter was in the first place. Hello......wake up! My heart does go out to the girl though!

    December 11, 2009 at 10:45 am
  218. PK

    Its Mommy's fault..Plain and Simple...she let her go by herself?? a 12 yr little girl? WTF was this stupid broad thinking??? and then to assume she is with her Aunt? Sorry by the color of mommy's skin is showing thru in her intelligence here......

    December 11, 2009 at 10:47 am
  219. Liz

    The headline and first paragraph of this story are strictly sensationalism. What you write is all assumption.
    ".... and mishandling that caused the girl her life....". What???
    Do you have actual, hard evidence that if the media was broadcasting this story, she would not have been murdered? Wow. That's some leap you're taking.

    To say the delay in alerting the media cost her life is bad journalism, and completely not proveable. The media and public being notified, seeing her face and description might not have changed a thing, yet the story is written as though you have conclusive evidence. Plus there are words missing in the article. Who edits your material?
    Who checks facts against supposition?
    If she was dead for only 2 days, then wasn't she apparently being held captive somewhere (probably close to home), then murdered and dumped by her house. Very hard to believe she was out in public any time during her absence for the public to identify her.
    Plus, the timeline of her whereabouts after she got on the bus is totally missing. So, we assume she didn't get to her aunt's house, didn't go to school the next day? And the mother just assumed she got herself to school, to her aunts, back to school, but she herself didn't do any follow-up calls, even though this child was taking public transporation and was unescorted? She THOUGHT she was staying at her aunt's? Wow. Not much communication going on in that family.
    Let's pull way back about laying the blame for this tragedy on the police. They didn't kill her.
    As a mother and grandmother, I'd have been calling every newspaper, tv and radio show, handing out posters, asking the bus company driver on that route, and every other possible lead. If the media wasn't reporting it within 24 hours, why didn't the mother call the cops and raise hell; or call the media herself. Stop the blame game and stop perpetuating this article as fact-based. Shame on CNN.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm
  220. Glenis

    Socio- economic environments play a BIG role in parenting abilities, skillsets and the desire even to. So said, mother may have been at work, mother AN ADULT may not have had a cellphone, Aunty AN ADULT may not have been at home at the "correct" time until much later to even know she wasnt home, depending on "cousins" for communication.... Poor communication - lack of communication - no communication caused the lapse in time. A child killer an ADULT did the deed, which was exacaberated by a lapse in follow through by parents - ultimately resulting in time lapse" those crucial 48 hours" by the CPD aka ADULTS . Ultimately ONLY ADULTS failed this child - all of them..... Hopefully she can forgive them ALL....Children are called children for a reason.

    December 11, 2009 at 1:14 pm
  221. Marcus

    This happens all the time, should I cry for this kid more than any of the other thousands of children that go missing each year?

    December 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm
  222. robinson

    yes, but be a beautiful (or at least caucasian) to get people to care

    December 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm
  223. NH Independent

    This is sad.........but not surprising considering it happened in Chicago city of corruption....maybe the parents should have offered the cops money to do their job...........

    December 11, 2009 at 2:21 pm
  224. Wallace

    I would not blame this solely on the police. Anytime my children went anywhere they were required to make a phone call as soon as they have reached their destination. and if they didn't, you can be sure I was calling, walking or driving to find them. I have had to do that a few times.
    I think parents need to take personal responsibility for their children's safety, and I would never allow my kids to take public transportation. . Don't blame the police. don't blame anyone but yourself. I have a 23 year old daughter and an 18 year old son. I can assure you I make sure they communicate as much as possible especially when it came to dates. It is best that everyone close to you are aware of any new people or friends entering someone's life no matter how old you might be.

    December 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm
  225. Terri Calhoun

    My heart goes out to this childs family. Why does everything have to be about race? Makes me sick. We can have black everything to benefit the blacks, i.e. black only beauty contests, black only schools, black only college funds, black only tv channels, black only clothing stores–then its ok for them to be segregated. But let something that doesnt benefit THEM happen and the whole world is racist. The mother of this child should have called the aunt to be sure the girl made it there safe...wouldnt you do that anyway? I never assume my twelve y/o is somewhere, i verify it.

    December 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm
  226. Kim

    Something's fishy with this story. A mother should know where her 12 year old is sleeping at night..... there shouldn't be any confusion about that.

    December 11, 2009 at 3:14 pm
  227. Lisa

    First, don't assume that the mother had a phone. We are so spoiled that we think everyone has means of communication, but perhaps this mother did not – no cell and no home phone. Phones are very expensive! Second, I don't agree with putting my child on a bus, but I don't remember reading in the article that it was at night. Perhaps it was dark out (as it does get dark around 5pm this time of year), but I don't think it was late.Third, we also assume that this was the first time the child had taken the bus – another bad assumption. She had probably taken the bus every day without incident for quite some time. There was no reason for the mother to think that anything bad would happen. Fourth, while it is not only young black girls that are murdered, it does seem to be disproportionately white children on amber alerts (which are, coincidentally, named after a white child).

    December 11, 2009 at 3:16 pm
  228. Carol

    Everyone is so quick to Critize the Police, yes a mistake was made in this case, a amber alert should have been issued regardless. I dont think color at all is an issue. It sounds fishy something with the family or the mother new something. A 12 year old taking the bus alone at night, should have had someone waiting for them and a call made when she arrived. The parents and family are at fault, I feel for them and their loss, they could have prevented it, and it is them that it will eat at every day of their lives.

    But now all of you that are so quick to slam the police, and think that they are corrupt, instead of whining and blaming, why not step up to the plate and take on the job. Its a job few want to do, risking your life everyday for the safty of others.

    Why now too, where the girl hadnt shown up for 2 weeks, didnt the parents start knocking on doors at both ends. I know if it was my kid I couldnt and wouldnt just sit back and wait for the police

    December 11, 2009 at 3:18 pm
  229. Michelle DeVore

    Ok so why was it ok for Smart mom and dad to not know somebody came into their house and took their child or the little girl that was killed during the sleepover or the little girl in FL when it's a white child the family gets your blessings and prays but when it's a black child they get the blame oh and btw Susan Smith was white so was the Yats lady and the lady whole killed one son and tried to kill the other so y'all still feel like y'all the better parents

    December 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm
  230. Elaine Okawa

    It seems whenever there is a child or woman missing that is of the African american persuasion, the police and the media are non-existent. if this was a little white girl, or woman, its 24/7 all over the place.

    December 11, 2009 at 3:27 pm
  231. lola0105

    I don't understand what kind of parent doesn't know where her kid is. She should be held responsible. When the kid didn't come home, wouldn't you contact the aunt. Why would anyone assume the kid might be staying overnight at the aunt's?? Something fishy about this story!

    December 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm
  232. lwc

    For all you hating race mongerer's, the only thing you ever got to is the fact that this wouldn't happen if it was a white kid. That is total Bull Crap! You are so busy trying to blame all the white people in the world for every little thing that goes wrong in the black community instead of looking at the fact that this child was not noticed missing until the next day. When my son stays at my sisters house I make sure i know when my child gets to his aunts house instead of just leaving my twelve year old to make there own way to there aunts house. So why don't you start blaming the right people for this ie.......(the parents), instead of just pulling the same race card over and over again. The real issues concerning race lose the power of there message everytime one of you idiots open up your mouths. It makes you sound like the racists haters. So grow up and get a new excuse for your problems!

    December 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  233. B

    Kate, 12 year olds I guess in your eyes should be allowed to drink, drive cars, see R rated movies. CMON!! wake up. You don't have a clue!

    December 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm
  234. Kellie G

    If the police would have done there job this litle girl may still be alive. Someone held her captive for some time until they got rid of her body. If the media aired the information and if the police went door to door with flyers looking for this girl there may have been a different outcome. This is sad that something could have been done and nothing was, I hope that now they are looking for this person that killed her and brings them to justice.

    December 11, 2009 at 6:46 pm
  235. momof5

    Did any one happen to read the story. They said she had been missing 2 weeks and was found but had only been dead 2 days? something not right here.

    December 11, 2009 at 8:30 pm
  236. Danielle

    This is a shame for this little girl. My heart goes out to her family...I am so sick of hearing about Tiger Woods..So what if he cheated. I love Nancy Grace but I have stopped watching it the last week because it's all about Tiger Woods.

    December 11, 2009 at 10:40 pm
  237. DIANA

    I LIVE IN CHICAGO AND I READ THE PAPER EVERDAY, I HEARD OF THE NEWS FIRST ON NANCY GRACE AND TRIED TO GOOGLE THIS CASE TO SEE WHEN AND WHERE, LEAST TO SAY IT WAS DIFIICULT BUT WHEN I DID FIND THE STORY I ALSO FOUND OUT THAT SINCE THANKSGIVING AT LEAST 8 TEENAGERS WENT MISSING, 1 RETURNED SAFELY AND THE OTHER WAS THIS POOR VICTIM. I THINK CHICAGO IS TRYING TO COVER UP SOMETHING ELSE BESIDES THIS CASE.

    December 12, 2009 at 1:49 am
  238. journey

    I think it's sad that there was no media coverage on this little girl and from my understanding no media coverage yet everyone had time to discuss what was going on in tiger woods personal life, just ridiculus!!!! I'm sure some other child is missing but what do you see in the media all day everyday? Things that are going on in another woman's home! So what Tiger is cheating and has been lot's of people cheat! I think if the media and police put the focus on more important things more lives can be saved. My heart goes out to the little girls family, she is now safe in heaven.

    December 12, 2009 at 3:01 am
  239. Sue

    First thing I want to say is my prayers go out to her family, and friends. Why is everyone worried about pointing the finger and finding who is to blame? That will not change anything, nor help what needs to be done now. Like finding the killer. Thats what everyone should be worried about, instead of saying "Oh i would have done this with my child", it's not about you or what you would have done. What it should be about, what everyone should be concerned about is a killer on the lose, and justice being served. Oh no, lets be a part of putting even more pain on the family and mother, just like the killer has done! I guess some of ya'll don't think the killer has caused enough pain to the mother, and family. I guess some of ya'll take this as a chance to be evil yourselfs to other people.

    December 12, 2009 at 4:07 am
  240. Charles Williams

    Tiger is a Tiger no more! Not in my books anyway! He's not even a feeble Pussy Cat! He's just a Damn Jerk! Anyone (notice I didn't say "man") who can do something like this to their family doesn't deserve any adjactive other than "Jerk!"

    December 12, 2009 at 7:25 am
  241. PinkFloyd

    WTF, a 12 year old and mom didn't call to be sure she was at the house where she expected her! Bad Mom! I also wonder about what 'bus' she got on, school, metro! If it was some type of city bus I call the mom bad also!

    Teach your kids about all the rotten people in the world and follow up with them all the time, drill it into their heads!

    December 12, 2009 at 7:26 am
  242. sharon

    philip la spina–stay on target here bud–this story wasn't about Tiger!
    As sad as this story is...absolutley nothing will be done to the family for possible neglect or to the officials for the same. By the days end most of us will have forgotten this story and gone on with our lives....OMG that's so sad but true. Stories like this are becoming a part of every day reading in newspapers.....damn.....what is this world coming to???

    December 12, 2009 at 9:18 am
  243. Nate

    Kelly,
    Why does this have to be a race issue. Are you that ignorant that you have to play the race card. It is not because she is black, of the fact that she did not come from an affluant family, it is simply the city of chicago, and the lack of media presence in this case. Go read some statistics. More then half of the run-aways are white childres. This is happening to children all over the world. This is a disgrace, and to think that somebody could kill a child is horrible, as is ignorance to the subject. I understand that everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but seriously keep yours to yourself if you are going to try to take the focus off the REAL problem, to focus on you mental instability.

    December 12, 2009 at 9:53 am
  244. Missy

    This is really typical when it's an African American child who is missing. It is shameful that a babies ethnic group is more important than their life. This country is still as bigoted and single minded with fear and malice as it's history depicts. One can't help but wonder how it would have been if the people who invaded and took over had stayed where they were and left this land like it was. Progress has cost the wrong people and the others who had no choice but to come here are suffering the selfish lazy greedy actions of the virus.

    December 12, 2009 at 10:39 am
  245. Alison

    I am sick to death of hearing, "It's because she is black." Get over it already – seriously. There are thousands of children that go missing each day of every race and not all reach the media. Did the police department drop the ball? I'm sure they did. Did the parents / aunt drop the ball? I'm sure they did. Is it going to do any good at all to play the blame game? I'm sure it's not.
    Personally speaking, I have never left my 12 yr old alone. I won't even let him walk the 2 blocks home from school. Not this day in age. When my son spends the night somewhere, whether it be a family members house or a friends house, I have called him at least once if not twice just to check in.
    In any event, this is very sad. I pray for the little girl and her family.

    December 12, 2009 at 10:41 am
  246. Julie Reinhart

    In Chicago, it's perfectly normal for kids to ride on the bus alone. Most people who live in Chicago don't own cars, so public transportation is the means of getting around. Keep in mind that this is the south side of Chicago we're talking about, and kids are much more independent and street smart than surbanites.

    In this case, I thinks it's strange that she was missing for 2 weeks, but yet not murdered until 2 days before she was found. Pedophiles generally don't hang on to their victim for several days, then murder them. They are usually murdered within hours of the molestation. That could indicate that she may have been with someone she knew. Is it possible that she did run away, but then decided to return home and met her terrible fate on her way home? Did she have an older boyfriend (15, 16) that she went to hang out with, and when she decided to leave, he strangled her in a fit of rage? I know 12 seems too young to have a boyfriend, but in that neighborhood, kids grow up a lot faster than they should.

    December 12, 2009 at 10:49 am
  247. Carmen

    I certainly have sympathy for the family, but this is in no way the Chicago PD's fault. She could have been dead before her mother even reported her missing. And if she was found close to the mother's house, were the family members not out looking for her? There was obviously some miscommunication between the mother and aunt, but again the only person to blame is the killer!!! We cannot watch over our kids 24/7!!! And I don't see in this article where it says that she was on the bus at night, it just says she was on the bus. Also this girl was 12 years old not 5. This is a tragedy of course and the family will be in my prayers but again this is no one's fault but the person who took this girl's life!

    December 12, 2009 at 11:36 am
  248. Sam

    To give some perspective on this case: The girl lived in the Englewood neighborhood. For those of you not from Chicago, Englewood is one of the worst, most crime ridden areas of the city. Drive-by shootings, gangs, drugs, robberies, etc. are daily occurrences. People who live in this environment grow a tough skin and do not fret about their children taking the bus by themselves or being late getting home. If they did, it would drive them crazy because of the constant danger. In this area of Chicago, kids are killed by stray bullets all the time, sometimes in their own home. It's to the point that when you see articles about teenagers being murdered in Chicago, you don't even blink an eye because it happens so often.

    Many of you are appalled at how the mother could not know she was missing. Jahmeshia was supposedly in the care of the aunt. There were probably many prior occasions that the girl stayed overnight there, so the mother probably didn't think twice about it.

    When reading the article, remember that this happened in Englewood, south side of Chicago, and not in some small town in Nebraska. It's a whole different world there.

    December 12, 2009 at 11:48 am
  249. ali

    If you are looking for someone to place blame on, stop and look in the mirror. This innocent child life has been taken by the hands of a country and its people who worship celeb gossip and money more than it does the safety of its own children and until Americans wake up and realize that, than these travesties will continue. I read on CNN everyday about different children who are beaten, raped, brutalized and murdered . And all I can think about is why this keeps happening in one of the richest and powerful countries in the world, and the only answer I can come up with is as a society we allow it.
    So Stop and think about this the next time you want to place blame on her mother, Aunt or Police.
    Jahmeshia was alive for 12 days after she was reported missing! 12 days! 12 days for someone to step in and help her. 12 days she was on her own at 12 years old! What happened to this child in the last 12 days of her life that she could not find help or anyone could find her!
    RIP Jahmeshia- May you fly on the wings of angels.

    December 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm
  250. Sarah Spears

    No matter who is "negligent", the person that did it is still out there, no doubt, and deserves to be brought to justice, and put to death. Am I wrong? Either way, prayers should be said for the family of the girl, who are no doubt mourning the tragedy that has happened.
    To Angela: Not everyone can just pack up and move, especially with children.
    I do agree that no matter what age the child 7, 12, 16 whatever, I don't believe one should be traveling alone for the reason that there ARE vile people out there that have only the intent to hurt others and please themselves.

    December 12, 2009 at 2:49 pm
  251. Le

    This is in Chicago- isnt that where the school boy was beaten to death by other children in broad daylight? Even caught on video but nobody helped that child either. In many town, the whole community gathers to search for a missing loved one, they don't wait around for "someone else" to care.

    December 12, 2009 at 3:00 pm
  252. Nita

    I grew up in the heart of Brooklyn NY, and was not uncommon for a 12 yr to take the bus, ride the train or even catch a cab without adult supervision...As a student that is the only means of transportation when your don't live close enough to your school to walk...Would i I let my kids do it no, but I don't knock parents that have to take those measures.......YES the parents should have checked to see if she made it to her destination but once they found out that she didn' t the POLICE DEPT should have started a REAL investigation...They slept on this case as they do with many other African American cases....If you follow statistics you would know that more White missing children are broadcasted than Black.....its sad but true.....although no missing child of any color should go unnoticed they do..... Its horrible what has happened and we need to do any and everything possible to make sure that it does not happen again. Thats Both of us, Parents and Police Depts.

    December 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm
  253. timbuk2

    I dont know if the foul up with the police was racially motivated, but I hear the outrage. And I also dont know if the murderer was black–though it seems VERY likely given the location–and I dont hear any outrage?
    It is hard to guess if the ending would have been the dufferent but the playbook needed to be in force to do the best that could be done to find her–and that means immediate action. Even then there are no guarantees, the police arent pyshcics.
    Lots of failures here–I know I would expect the full court press to locate my child as soon as possible. I also know that I wouldnt go to bed at night assuming my 12 year old was her Aunt's house without calling, texting or whatever to make sure-but at this point beating up the parents is a little like piling on.
    In the end it is a trage dy and there is someone out there who is DIRECTLY responsible for her death and they need to be brought to justice....

    December 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm
  254. LESPINOZA

    I do agree the MOTHER should have called her sisters house to make sure her little girl arrived safely! For all PARENTS make sure you keep your kids safe!

    December 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm
  255. Beast

    Marcus. You and people like you, are part of whats wrong with this world. So you suggest we just ignore them all and not care because it happens all the time? Perhaps instead that should make you angry and try tp help stop it.

    December 12, 2009 at 6:37 pm
  256. grisbe

    Shame on those of you who blame the grieving family for the death of their precious child!

    The mother alerted the police first thing in the morning. And yes, there is nothing wrong with a 12 year old taking the bus by herself. It's the over-coddling of children that has gotten us a generation of fat, self-entitled, lazy children.

    The fault lies at the feet of the murderer. If the parents are reading this, and with all the vitriol and callousness shown on this board, I hope to god they're not, my thoughts are with you.

    December 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm
  257. carriebell

    A child is dead. Judge not. Just be sad.

    December 12, 2009 at 8:00 pm
  258. DAVID

    THIS IS A VERY SAD STORY, IAM PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY. HERE WE GO AGAIN ANOTHER AFRICAN AMERICAN PRE-TEEN THAT GETS NO ATTENTION FROM THE MEDIA. COME ON OF COURSE THE POLICE AND THE MEDIA ARE NOT GOING TO RESPONSE AS QUICKLY AS IF THE PRE-TEEN WAS WHITE...THATS AMERICAN FOR YOU AND IT HASNT CHANGE IN ABOUT 50 YEARS. CASEY, RANDY AND MELISSA, OBVIOUSLY YOU ALL ARE WHITE, BECAUSE IF YOU WASNT THEN YOU WOULDNT HAVE MADE THOSE TERRIBLE COMMENTS. BUT YOU ALL HAVE THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH. IT REALLY DOESNT MATTER WHAT COLOR THE CHILD IS THEY ALL DESERVE TO BE SAFE.

    December 12, 2009 at 8:36 pm
  259. Richard

    The blame lands squarely on whoever it was that put that 12-year-old kid on a bus by herself.

    Parents need to be called out on this crap.

    December 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm
  260. PJ

    This is just so sad, to me it seems there is enough blame to go around, the child shoud have never been allowed to get on a bus and ride it without someone going with her,, then if she did ride by herself, someone should have called to see if she made it ok, then if she did, then it was her aunt job to take care of her, and see that she is ok, This should not be Race because to me it is not, parents have to be right behind there children, you can't take anything for granted, things are just not like thery were when I was young, we could ride our bikes as far as we wanted to, just can't let them do it anymore, and that is so sad, that you can;t just let them play without having your eyes on them every sec. People can not go around yelling at the police, as Parent's we have to take care of out kids, I have a daughter that is 26 I talk to her about 5 times a day, reminding her to lock her car doors as soon as she gets in the car, and know who and what is going around you.

    December 13, 2009 at 12:07 am
  261. becky anderson

    its sad that any child of any age has to suffer in this world for any reason.what has gone wrong with the world but i cant understand if the child was thought to have stayed at the aunts house why wasnt a phone call made My child is 14 if she stays at a friends or familys house I call to make sure she is there.Lets not always blame the system or the parents lets put blame where it lies in the house of the crimminal justice system to many of the sex offenders are in the streets of our country Lets put an end to this crap and lock these sexual predetators up for life the first time they commit and act.

    December 13, 2009 at 6:43 am
  262. Spider

    It is so obvious that this little girl's skin color is what prevented an Amber Alert from being issued. I'm sure there is a white police officer assigned to filter out all black missing children reports and make sure there is not an amber alert issued. And as far as the mother and aunt being responsible for neglecting this child, they are black too you know. African Americans are very poor at parenting.

    There ya go folks. That's how you play the race card. You been schooled.

    December 13, 2009 at 7:03 am
  263. Karen

    Lack of media coverage again due to the race of this child. Why is it that the murders and kidnappings of "some" people get media attention for months while we VERY RARELY see people of color get the same coverage? People don't want to face the fact that there is a problem out there in society and it's called "media discrimination" – someone decides who gets it and who doesn't. Regardless, this is a horrible tragedy and it saddens me that there are monsters out there who kill our children and will continue to kill them. Sad, but true.

    December 13, 2009 at 10:35 am
  264. Chase

    Honestly, everyone knows that if she was a blonde white girl the media would have been all on the story, but instead since she was black no one gives a crap. Everyone keeps sayin ITS NOT ABOUT RACE AND DONT PULL THE RACE CARD OUT but this type of stuff is happening in our community every single day. My heart goes out to her and her family.

    December 13, 2009 at 10:37 am
  265. noreaster401

    For those of you ready to throw the girl's mother under the bus, it is common in large urban ares like Boston & New York for school children to use public transportation to get to and from school in lieu of a school bus system. They are issued passes to do so. I have never seen a NYC public school bus, say, in Manhattan.

    My heart goes out to this girl's family & think the police department & media should be maligned for missing this. To ignore the possibility that there was a racial slight in this case is to be ignorant. It may not have been overt or calculated, BUT had it been a white, blonde child, it might had been been an important story, especially in this holiday season. The underlying sociological lack of strong reaction to a black girl's plight by the PD & media is what is so sad & wrong about society. No one realized that it had happened until it was too late. And this family paid the price for it. Let's hope it doesn't happen again.

    December 13, 2009 at 10:56 am
  266. James C. Taliaferro, M.S., QMHP

    Nancy! This is why I value your show. You bring to light horrible cases of child death mistreatment and murder. I am in social work and Early Learning and this hits close to home. Every time I hear you with a new case i woder "how can people do that" there is no situation which should lead to infanticide or child or adolescent murders and/or disappearances.

    December 13, 2009 at 1:51 pm
  267. Chi-Town Rob

    As a lifelong resident of Chicago I find it appalling how at least four out of five people have managed to transform the victims (Jahmesia and her family) into perpetrators. Shame on you all for being unable to look beyond your prejudice projections to the fact that a young girl was murdered. Shame on you even more for failing to do any other research on the matter and then posting support for some of the most broken and corrupt institutions in our city, namely the police and our local media outlets.

    For starters the information provided by this article does not cross reference with the most recent Chicago Tribune article. According to that article:
    "Jahmeshia was last seen on the evening of Nov. 15 after spending the day at her aunt's house. The aunt, Denise Lewis, 39, said she watched her niece board a CTA bus on 63rd Street at Racine Avenue to head less than a mile to her own home.

    Family members said they had not seen her since. They did not report her missing until the next day after Jahmeshia did not return home from school. Her mother, Birdie Lewis, said she discovered her daughter was not home about 3 a.m. Nov. 16 but assumed she had stayed at Lewis' home."

    December 13, 2009 at 11:14 pm
  268. ds

    Are these parents going to sue the police and the state? Is the murder of their child a money making business? Makes me sick.

    December 14, 2009 at 12:33 am
  269. TN Grandma

    While I agree that the child should not have been put on a bus by herself is it fair to not support the grieving mother in any way? She has already paid the ultimate price in the decission she made. God has tried to teach us that we are to be there for our brothers and sisters in time of need. You may not agree with what the mother did, but who are you to judge?

    December 14, 2009 at 12:44 am
  270. TheBareTruth

    So no one here was EVER left alone to do anything at 12??? 12 is not a ridiculous age to board a bus alone...not at all. What's sad is that this girl lost her life, it's sad that her mother didnt check in on her throughout the night. It's sad that now that this has happened the Chicago PD will be called racist. The CPD may have made a mistake but its not obvious that it was intentional or race driven. And at 12 anyone should know not to go with ANY stranger, even one with a familiar face. Perhaps she was physically taken, either way its horrible and the monster behind this should be put in front of a firing squad.

    – Think a little

    December 14, 2009 at 12:48 am
  271. kasey

    The mother probaby didn't know where the child was because she wasn't home herself until the next day. The child probably stayed home alone regularly. Nothing to do with her race, just that there are a lot of irresponsible parents now, white, black, hispanic...doesn't matter. Mom should have known exactly where her 12 year old was, not assume. Yes, the police should have moved more quickly, but the mom had ultimate responsibility of KNOWING where her child was, and then pushing the story to the media to get it out. Sounds like another ambulance chasing lawyer has gotten his hands on the case and wants to sue.

    By the way, to the blogger, the word is "cost", not "caused".

    December 14, 2009 at 1:39 am
  272. Elgar

    "Translation: had anyone known to look for her during the two weeks she was missing, she could be alive today."

    True Translation:
    The case is one of many each year in the US, and Nancy's spin is of the customary highly speculative nature that flies in the face of serious journalism.

    December 14, 2009 at 7:12 am
  273. Jen

    It was the DUTY of the Mother and Aunt FIRST. If the mother thought she was going to be spending the night at the aunts house, why didn't the aunt call her mother to let her know that she never made it there? That doesn't make sense, and this has not been brought up. Did the mom know that her daughter did not show up at aunt's house that night? Did aunt not tell mom until the next day? Police need to focus on this aspect of the story. Something is not right here.

    Yes an Amber Alert should have been issued the night she went missing, there should have been media coverage, but I do not blame the police for this crime. To all who have children, it is our DUTY to protect and keep our children safe, end of story. Please don't go blaming the police on something that may not have happened had you been protecting your child!

    December 14, 2009 at 9:07 am
  274. E.B. O'Bryant

    Law enforcement can only respond after a report has been filed (which they apparently failed to do). However, the responsibility for the safety of a child remains that of the parent. Why was a twelve year old child allowed to go anywhere at night without a parent? So, yes. Blame the police for 'dropping the ball' but do not blame them for the death of this child. WHERE WERE THE PARENTS???

    December 14, 2009 at 11:20 am
  275. Debbie

    stephanie, when I was 12 I rode the bus by myself all the time, had to to go to school, (Catholic school no school bus) I don't understand why for 2 weekd the family let the lack of coverage go on though. I would've went to the media myself.

    December 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm
  276. Margarita

    My prayers goes out to the families that has lost their children by cause of death. I'm a parent of three and can't imagin how it would feel to bury one of my kids. "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted." I believe that all parties (i.e. the police officers, parents and aunts) has a responsibility to the victim but lets be mindful that the power of evil accomplished what he wanted to do. He wanted the family to feel the angrish pain of losing a love one as well as being successful in murdering a future minister, praise/worship leader or just a powerful worker for the kingdom of God. We as parents must continue to watch, nurture and cover our kids from all types of evil. Train them up in the ways they shall go. Teach them that everyone with a smile on their face doesn't mean their friendly, or everyone that they know doesn't mean they can trust. The power of evil is so strong that it will mirror into the image of good. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but principalities and powers and demonic foes. Satan is doing his job, let us as a people join together to defeat the enemy by not arguring, pointing the finger and/or fighting one another, but lets link in hand and hand and educate our kids about evil and watch over one another kids like in the earlier days of time people used to do. The only way the world is going to change if we as a people change our way of thinking and living first. May the peace of God will guide, lead and sustain this family in their time of loss. I pray that everyone that has loss someone by the hands of the enemy, I pray that God will keep you in perfect peace. Allow forgiveness to mend that broken-heart. God bless.

    December 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm
  277. kate d.

    As a wife and a mother who has suffered from numerous infidelities by her husband, I suggest to all these other women out there that we, as a whole, boycott any products endorsed by Tiger Woods. To do anything less would be to condone this behavior of infidelity and betrayal, an action that leads to heartache and even worse, the breakdown of the family.

    December 14, 2009 at 9:41 pm
  278. Kristin

    So the media failed big time....but what about her parents??? Heaven forbid if a child I knew was missing, I would be at the local news station everyday until the child was found! Why weren't her parents pushing for media coverage??

    December 14, 2009 at 11:09 pm
  279. Jennifer M

    Like I said before, the mother was probably too doped up on drugs and alcohol to even care............................

    December 15, 2009 at 10:06 am
  280. Nekki Williams

    We should be outraged over this. When did America become so nosy that we lost interest in what we really should be talking about. That poor mother has one less child this Christmas to celebrate with. But at least we know about Tiger's mother-in-law??

    A Glitch? Are u Serious? That is so lame! This is outrageous. This should be front page news. We should be updated daily on it's progress. Instead it is yet another lost story that will probably never be followed up on. It is a shame that the city that housed our president takes this so lightly.

    I woke up looking for the story everywhere, heck anywhere; for a while now. I finally became so fed up, I have started asking my own questions. I hope someone makes it a priority to find out what the heck is going on!! We only get action when we speak up and pay attention. She was a lost child that suffered needlessly. Let's get our priorities straight.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:46 pm
  281. Sarah

    How in the world is this just the cops fault? What in the world was a 12 year old child doing at night on a bus in such a huge city? Where were her parents? Her mother THOUGHT she was staying at her Aunts, but didn't really know??? Good God- I hope her parents realize that their lack of "parenting" is what killed this poor child!

    December 15, 2009 at 8:46 pm
  282. SCSO

    I work in emergency communications (Law Enforcement Dispatch) and have some insight for everyone asking why an amber alert was not issued. There is very strict criteria for issuing one, and the only reason they are effective is because they are relatively rare. If every runaway and custody issue was broadcast, people would stop taking them seriously and it would lose it's impact.

    The specific criteria is different in each state, but most have similar components. Our state requires the report to be made WITHIN 4 hours of childing going missing, there to be a confirmed abduction (someone saw them taken), and sufficient suspect descriptions.

    Sadly there are thousands of kids her age that runaway in any given week. Police do not have the resources to launch full on searches unless there is very specific and reliable information that the child is not a runaway. For every child that does end up the victim of a tragedy, there are thousands more who were not harmed and willingly left.

    This case is tragic, and my condolences go out to the family. I do question why the majority of missing children we see on national and regional TV are white, and come from "middle class" homes. There are children of color, and those living in poverty that go missing at alarming rates, and I rarely see their faces plastered all over the media outlets. I fear this had a lot more to do with racism and workload of officers than anything else

    December 16, 2009 at 6:50 am
  283. Janet Ashmore

    On Tiger Woods.. how pure was his wife? who were her "friends" and has her phone calls been invistigated?

    December 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm
  284. Aiesa

    It's too bad Tiger Woods put his on sick desires over his family but he's getting what he deservs. Elin should divorce him & get the kids out of that toxic environment. She seems like a lovely young woman and should have no trouble finding someone who will appreciate & love her & respect her for who she is.

    December 17, 2009 at 1:47 am
  285. tbaby

    I'm so ashamed of what we have become as a pepole, a 12 yrs old child goes missing and no one hears are knows about it for days but tiger woods get in a fight with his wife and within minutes the world knows about it I Pray there's a better place and that she's in it .

    December 17, 2009 at 4:09 pm
  286. elaine holzapfel

    Is Elen correctly pronounced AYLEEN?

    December 17, 2009 at 8:35 pm
  287. Melanie M.

    Where is Tiger Woods' mother?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:51 pm
  288. jackie toker

    Nancy how come you have drop the Casey Anthony case not a word has been said about her new motions in the court this past week? Don't understand why you are not following the story anymore. Sick of Tiger thought you were for the children... hey Tiger can take care of himself but who is fighting for Caylee? I thought that was your job the Children? We are all wonder here in Fl. if someone got to you and you are backing off? I will be so disappointed if that is the case that means everything you stand for is out the door. Let's getting on the case you make the difference are we just not going to keep the pressure on the Anthony's.
    Jackie

    December 18, 2009 at 9:03 am
  289. jimmy di pietro

    Hi Nancy i really hope this gets read on your show tonight....ive been a tiger fanatic since he turned pro in late 1996,,i payed 400 dollars to go watch him in 06 at the presidents cup in montreal,,when all this scandal started i contd to support and make excuses for him.i even got into arguements with my family last week when the subject came up over supper,,but now he has lost all my respect..what an ego on this guy,,,the word narcissistic in the dictionary should be updated to read TIGER WOODs.Even the golf channel has stopped playing his victories on the pga tour,lets face it, the only reason those who are sticking by him is because thay have something to gain, money money money.. Do people forget the action the pga tour took against John Daly when he drove a ball with his driver over the spectators.Tiger woods is being totally selfish and it shows to what point he is entangled in his ego..I myself went thru therapy for an addiction ,the lies ,the secrets, lying to keep protect my image,but there came a time when i to had to face the music and come out of hiding and come clean,not because i was caught but because the truth was the only way out,no matter how painful it was..Being an addict i can understand and be forgiving more than most but his hiding this long has me saying i hope you dont come back ,the pga doesnt need a guy who thinks hes above god and all thats is good and deserving of human forgiveness,,he is no different than the murderer who shows no remorse to his victims family in the court room when he stands trial.. This type of criminal is so sick that he glorifies what he did and wants people to know he enjoyed seeing his victims suffer..The more he secludes himself it shows to what point he is being selfsh and is subconciously still blaming others. His own agent cant convince him to come out and speak,,hey tiger you are who you are because of the respect and attention the public gave you each time you played. He owes it to his fans to come out publically even if its to say something as little as this - im sorry but at the moment i cannot comment on all thats happened,,im asking that the pga ,my fans and sponsors remain patient. I understand you all have questions YOU WANT answered about whats true and whats not AND RIGHTFULLY SO . I know above all its you the fans that have made me who i am today. .. I will be making a return to the pga tour in late january and will answer any questions then.. Thank you..Merry x-mas and happy holidays to all

    December 18, 2009 at 4:57 pm
  290. Linda Jordan

    Please stop giving The Tiger Woods story more tv air time then the missing kids, and missing moms. I assure you if you ask the real viewers if they care more about Tiger & Elin Woods and their rich problems you would get a resounding NO.
    Thank you,
    Linda

    December 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm
  291. Teresa

    This story is extreamly sad to me! I am outraged that we can listen to Tiger Woods all day, but we can't (even at the very least) get a local community involved in the search for a missing child! Shame on the person(s) incharge of that!

    The little girl was only a block away when they found her, no one would be stupid enough to take a child, then bring it back to where they got it, after they killed the child. I think she must have been close to home, and a little more professionalism might have helped save her life.

    December 18, 2009 at 11:52 pm
  292. luvmypets2

    i want to tell nancy that had a common relationship with my childs father. that is over. i wore my grandmothers wedding ring and her engagement ring... because they were so comfortable on my finger.. after a while i had a baby... i took the rings off for something kind of like edema....after the baby was born i continued to swell... i took off my grandmothers rings... the new rings i got accomadate for swelling and my fingers are no longer swelling... my grandmothers rings are still too small.... and the new ring isn't as comfortable... my grandmothers rings felt so natural on my finger... if i had thenew ring sized up(the new ring was sized to accomadate swelling) should i have it resized sized bacl down. can they do that

    December 20, 2009 at 3:31 am
  293. luvmypets2

    there is a typo in my previous post im so embarrassed

    December 20, 2009 at 3:42 am
  294. luvmypets2

    can a ring be sized up and then back down without breaking the ring. my fingers used to swell up and down daily now they are larger but they stay the same and no longer change size daily due to swelling

    December 20, 2009 at 3:55 am
  295. luvmypets2

    the prosecution againts casey hasn't placed casay with the body in the woods.... only in the trunk of her car... could casey possibly say som eone else had access to her car... im not really convinced by enough facts placing casey with the body... living in florida....hears case on local news

    December 20, 2009 at 5:29 am
  296. luvmypets2

    remember the girl they were looking for in Europe *Madeline) they also had evidence of that girl being in her parents trunk (car trunk). they didn't have evidence of who put the girl in the trunk.... they don't have evidence of who placed the body in the woods... lest i forgot.. Casey Antony also researched her choroform on the internet... they have to ask her that question on stand didn't she do that research or not?

    December 20, 2009 at 5:40 am
  297. RHONDA VENZANT

    I understand the horror those children experienced. I was a victim at age 13 and still carry that fear around with me at age 40. I can't express this enough the days we live in please do not let your children travel alone. I was walking home from school when it happened to me luckily i was able to get away from that monster.Please lets protect our children. not blaming the family but that is to young to be traveling alone unfortunately those predatores make it where our children can not be independent as young adults so we have to keep them safe.

    December 20, 2009 at 9:08 am
  298. shannon

    There is a 11 year old girl right now as I am writeing this letter that is missing from Salisbury Maryland that was takeing from her home they have caught a man but he is not talking and she is still missing her name is Sarah foxwell please help fine her

    December 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm
  299. Stacy

    I can not believe that in 2009 we are still saying that the reason this "mistake" happened was because she was black and poor. That is absurd! I would like to remind you of the story of a white woman who was kidnapped and found dead. Her father was a retired police chief in their town. People made several calls to 911, one driver even followed the man that had the kidnapped woman in his car banging on the windows! The driver was talking to 911 the whole time until she got lost in the traffic and the same "mistake" happened. Not everything has to be a black and white issue. This story is sad in itself without making it worse by saying it was because she was black. She was beautiful and I am sorry that this happened.... there are more important facts that bother me with this story and I just needed to express to whoever looks on this board that these things happen to white, black, hispanic, etc. and they are all devastating!

    December 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm
  300. Tonnie Moon

    This is for "Judy" who posted about her daughter.
    Let me get this straight: Your 16-year-old daughter continually snuck out of the house, out of YOUR house to meet some guy she met online. And then the guy "made her" walk home at one in the morning.
    You said she CONTINUES to hang out with "questionable" men, again, while living with you. And you log onto her MySpace to gather numbers of friends who might know who she's snuck out to be with, is that right?
    How on EARTH can you blame the Amber Alert systems or the police department for your obvious lack of ability to control your own child? What do you think she was DOING at 1:00am at some guy's house? You admit she's still doing it, and you're putting blame everyplace except where it belongs - and it belongs squarely with the person in your mirror.
    If you cannot control your daughter, how do you expect society to? Are you unable to convince her of the perils of spending her nights with men she's met on "MySpace?" Really?
    I know of what I speak, for I am the mother of four teenagers, three daughters and a son. I know it's a difficult time, and I also know that the Internet has opened doors that weren't there when we were their age. But it would take ONE TIME for me to catch any of my daughters sneaking out - let alone walking home from some strange man's home in the morning's wee hours - to ensure that child's room is secured after the lights go out. How hard can that be?
    For less than twenty bucks you can buy a small device that sounds (and loudy) when a door is opened. You put one part on the door or window, and a hearing device in your bedroom, and when the door or window is ajar it WILL wake you up and alert you that someone is coming in or, in your case, going out.
    If you can't come up with the twenty bucks (but can afford to buy your daughter a computer and internet service...) then spare twenty cents and nail her bedroom window shut. Harsh? Not as harsh as that call you're gonna get in the middle of the night asking you to come down and identify her body.
    I really don't get how you're putting blame on everyone but yourself. You don't even blame the daughter! Am I missing something here?

    December 29, 2009 at 12:10 am
  301. dinhia

    well i think this was so mest up just hope that she rest in peace! and hope that the responsible for this is found.

    January 4, 2010 at 11:51 am
  302. texas

    I have a 12 year old daughter, and I can't imagine what this family is going through right now. I'm sure a whole lot of guilt, which in turn is going toward the police dept. If my daughter was missing, I would not only know right away but it would be reported right away. They weren't even concerned about where she spent the night or if she was alright, until the next evening? That itself is crazy, why wouldn't the mom have called the aunt and asked if her child made it there alright? I can tell you that I also wouldn't have sat there and waited for the police to find her. The family could have gone out passing out flyers, door to door, posting them at bus stops, talking to the bus driver that was on that route that day, posting flyers in the city busses. Working alongside the police and being proactive in their childs search is what should have happened. And people, please don't send children to ride in public transportation alone.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm
  303. ebony

    now jahmeshia conner is my cousin and for the person who said why was she on the bus alone if you noticed she was leaving her auntie house, which is a few blocks away from her home and as a 12 year old i really dont find a problem riding a bus at all , but it,s sad to say im very pissed there wasnt a amber alert , whats suppose to a runaway a child who tell her family i love you and i.ll see you tommorow will not just up and run away jahmeshia was a very respectful little girl and put a smile on any ones face was very into church so who ever did this to her should own up to responsibilitys and turn there self in please you took the F out of family when u took the life out of jahmeshia u didnt have to kill her i will always miss u sweeti!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm
  304. ebony

    and for texas all that was done flyers . posters everything every thought she spent the night at my auntie house

    January 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm
  305. Danny

    In my opinion they need to pull the electric chair out of the storage room and put it back to work in public. People would begin to think twice about murdering other people or raping babies.Then again some people are born without morals obviously. You know what world WTF is wrong with you. I pray for the end of days. i don't want to go on watching The world go stupid .
    and this goes out to Gabriel's mother."wake up you frikkin moron you have caused America enough pain fess up and bring closure to this B.S. we all know what you did and if you didnt prove it.Many of us would have takin that baby to raise.You could have dropped him off at your local hospital with no questions asked.WTF is wrong with you.You cant stay in protective custody forever.And if you have killed this innocent baby boy of YOURS . I can't wait to hear what happens when they put you in general population."

    February 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm
  306. JJ

    It's always easy to point the finger and blame someone for not doing their job. I'm sure the police could have stepped their investigation up, but usually when detectives don't get a lead within a certain amount of time, the reality is their ability to find the victim alive is minimized. I think they knew this, but didn't share that with the family.

    Another factor in this situation is the lack of communication between mother-child and aunt. When I was a child my mother knew where I was before I even got there. If I was spending the night at a friend's house or relative, she made sure I was there.

    If anyone wants to point the finger and blame someone, don't blame her mother or the police, blame the sick-sicko that took her life.

    July 22, 2010 at 10:04 am